CCV Recognizes Valuable Volunteers

Capital City Village Salutes Volunteers at Recognition Event

Tom_Bonnie_vol-recog-2016~ By Tom Knutsen

Eighteen Capital City Volunteers and staff gathered at the home of Kay and Tom McHorse the last Sunday in February to celebrate, well, Volunteering!  Booked as “Volunteer Recognition,” the lively group turned the gathering into a CCV party.  That happens, pretty regularly when Villagers congregate.

Along with a great array of hors d’oeuvres and beverages, however, there was business.  Executive Director Bonnie Gilson concisely summarized the Village’s volunteer efforts for 2015:

  • 713 Volunteer hours
  • 297 discrete services to members
  • Services ranged from minor home repairs and installations to the most requested service, transportation
  • CCV President Kay McHorse alone logged 142 volunteer hours (20 percent)

For her efforts, Kay was awarded the Sue Hoffman Making a Difference Volunteer of the Year Award, an annual recognition of volunteer hours and effectiveness.

Now for a casual anecdote about volunteer commitment and skill.  Member Neil Crump (husband of President-Elect Sally Van Sickle) installed a doorbell for a member.  Asked about that electrical work, Neil, a licensed master electrician, explained that he’d offered to help with assumption that the bell system was in place but the button or a connection had failed, as they do.

On arriving at the site, he saw there was no doorbell. None at all.  Remember that he’s a master electrician?  Undaunted, he wired in a full doorbell system: exterior button, interior alarm, and the low-voltage line THROUGH the ATTIC to connect them.

Now, that is serious volunteering!

Thanks to all for all you do.  And a reminder, volunteering usually is fun and almost always rewarding.  So, reach out to join in next year’s celebration.