The Seward Phoenix Log - News of the Eastern Kenai Peninsula since 1966

By Fern Greenbank
LOG Editor 

Four Presidential Service Awards presented

 

Courtesy Dave Beardsley

Mike Moore receives his service award from Cindy Beardsley.

In 2003, President Obama established a program to recognize the service of volunteers across the country. That program has made it's way to Seward.

The first recipients locally of the President's Volunteer Service Award are Don and Jean Cripps, Mike Moore and Walter Corrigan. At the City Council meeting August 18, Lion's Club District Commander Cindy Beardsley had the honor of presenting the awards. The recipients also got a standing ovation.

"Your volunteer service demonstrates the kind of commitment to your community that moves America a step closer to its great promise," reads the president's congratulatory letter given to recipients. "While government can open more opportunities for us to serve our communities, it is up to each of us to seize those opportunities. Thank you for your devotion to service and for doing all you can to shape a better tomorrow for our great Nation."

In her introduction, Beardsley commended the Cripps, Corrigan and Moore for their years of service in a variety of capacities. To receive the lifetime award, recipients must have completed more than 4,000 hours. Award levels range from bronze to silver to gold and lifetime.

Wally Corrigan's primary service area has been with the Seward Fire Department while Mike Moore is known for his service to the Seard Volunteer Ambulance Corp. Don and Jean Cripps have served decades with the fire and first aid community in and around Seward.

Courtesy Dave Beardsley

Wally Corrigan

It's Beardsley's job to take nominations and documentation and submit them for recognition. She says it's really fulfilling for her as well because she and her husband, Dave, are also community volunteers with the Bear Creek Fire Department and know what sacrifice and dedication it takes to give of your time.

If you, or someone you know, serves as community volunteers, you can submit your hours to Beardsley. You can even track your hours using the Presidential Volunteer Service award website. Children qualify for recognition as well, though the hours required for each level are less.

To submit service hours or ask any questions, contact Cindy Beardsley at davecindyb@yahoo.com.

Congratulations again to Jean, Don, Mike and Walter.

 

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