2017 Volunteer of the Year Angela Smith

2017 Volunteer of the Year Angela Smith
The annual Rotary Volunteer Award is our Club’s highest local honor, recognizing community service rendered outside Rotary activities.  The winner for the 2016 - 17 Rotary year is Angela Smith, pictured at the left with Barbara Lucks on June 29, 2017.

Those of us who serve or seek to recruit others to serve often speak of one giving of one’s time, talent, or treasure. Most frequently, recognition is offered to those who serve by giving their treasure. Sometimes, recognition is given to those whose service takes the form of giving the precious gift of their time. And, somewhat less frequently, we hear a “Thank you” offered to one whose service represents the use of a special skill or talent.

Angela has given freely of her time, talent, and treasures.

Angela's extensive community service resume includes leadership roles in a diverse collection of organizations, including:
-- Lost and Found Grief Center
-- Home Builders Association
-- Boys and Girls Club
-- Springfield Public Schools Foundation
-- American Red Cross
-- Springfield Little Theatre
-- Ozark Empire Fair Foundation
-- and others.

Angela has also used the special talents and skills of her company's staff to benefit many organizations and causes, including:
-- American Cancer Society
-- Alzheimer’s Association
-- Ronald McDonald House charities
-- Pregnancy Care Center
-- Ozark Trails Council, Boy Scouts of America
-- Springfield Ballet
-- National Alliance of Mental Illness
-- and others.

Weaving a culture of activism and involvement throughout the recipient’s company has allowed these organizations and many others to benefit from the services and expertise they would not have otherwise been able to afford -- to the tune of approximately $360,000 in the last 16 months alone, completing 427 projects for not-for-profits during that time frame, donating more than 4,000 staff hours.

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Nominations are submitted by our club members and community organizations, with the final selection being made by the Rotary Volunteer Committee. Committee members this year include:

Barbara Lucks, chair
Tom Slaight
Dan Emrie
Doug Nickell
Anne Soots
Cindy Howell
Carol DeHaven

The award has been presented since 1999.
Previous recipients are:
2016 Irwin Cohen
2015 Doug Nickell
2014 Steve Rice
2013 Gordon Elliott
2012 Kirk Elmquist
2011 Dennis Whaley
2010 Gerry Lee
2009 Rick Hughlett
2008 Gary Deaver
2007 Bob Hammerschmidt
2006 Doug Pitt
2005 Anne Brown
2004 Todd Parnell
2003 Joy Lamberson Klock
2002 Steve Scott
2001 Barbara Lucks
2000 Mac McCartney
1999 Bill Reser