Contact: Julia Gustafson (406) 444-9077
February 21, 2012
For Immediate Release
Montanans Honored for Outstanding Volunteer Service
Thursday, February 23, 2012
First Lady Nancy Schweitzer and Lt. Gov. John Bohlinger Present Awards
Helena, MT – The Governor’s Office of Community Service and the Montana Commission on Community Service announced today the 2012 recipients of the ServeMontana, ReadyMontana, and First Lady’s Math & Science Awards. Theses annual awards are presented to outstanding community volunteers and organizations for their service to Montana.
The awards will be presented at the ServeMontana Symposium luncheon ceremony on Thursday, February 23 at the Red Lion Colonial Hotel ballroom in Helena at noon.
“We are excited to recognize these exceptional Montanans who are examples of how helping your neighbor can strengthen our communities,” said Jan Lombardi, Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Community Service.
Lt. Governor John Bohlinger will present six ReadyMontana Awards to outstanding community volunteers and organizations in the areas of disaster services, emergency preparedness and emergency response. *see award recipient list below
First Lady Nancy Schweitzer will present six First Lady’s Math & Science Awards to exceptional individuals, organizations, and groups for promoting in math and science education. *see award recipient list below
Lt. Governor John Bohlinger will present eight ServeMontana Awards to outstanding national service members, community volunteers and organizations in the social impact areas of humanities, education, healthy futures, environmental stewardship, veterans & military families and economic opportunity. *see award recipient list below
“We are proud to honor these individuals and organizations who represent the true spirit of civic engagement.” said Kim Miske, Chair of the Montana Commission on Community Service.
Thursday’s awards ceremony luncheon will be part of the 2012 ServeMontana Symposium, a two-day conference focused on providing training and resources for national service programs, nonprofits, and organizations who use and support volunteers.
2012 ReadyMontana Award Recipients (in alphabetical order by location):
- Billings, MT: Ron Glass – coordinator of Yellowstone Amateur Radio Emergency Services
- Bozeman, MT: Norman and Jeanne Eggert– part of the American Red Cross of Montana Disaster Action Team
- Ekalaka, MT: Louise Dague – volunteer EMT with the Ekalaka Ambulance Service
- Sidney, MT: Fellowship Baptist Church- provides for the needs of the new population in Sidney
- Three Forks, MT: Becky Arbuckle – volunteer EMT with the Three Forks Area Ambulance
- Victor, MT: Victor Volunteer Fire Department – protects the Victor community from fire
2012 First Lady’s Math & Science Award Recipients (in alphabetical order by location):
- Billings, MT: Ken Reiter – volunteer at the Audubon Conservation Education Center in Billings
- Butte and Helena, MT: Montana Bureau of Mines & Geology and Jon Axline, MDT employee – creators of Montana’s Geologic Road Signs
- Helena, MT: Don and Donna Eisenmenger – volunteers at the Montana Wild Education & Wildlife Center in Helena
- Seeley Lake, MT: Pearl Hawkins – Foster Grandparent at the Liz Claiborne Preschool at Seeley Lake Elementary
- Statewide: Nancy’s Garden Team ¬– (Andrew Olcott of Montana Correctional Enterprises, Marc Williams of Eleanor’s Garden, Lorri Brenneman of the Department of Agriculture, Toby Day of MSU Extension, Katie Bark of Montana Team Nutrition, and Judy Fisher of Fisher’s Garden Store) developers of the newest feature of the Governor and First Lady’s Math & Science Initiative
- West Yellowstone, MT: Arne Siegel ¬– promotes the use of the A World in Motion® Curriculum in Montana classrooms
2012 ServeMontana Award Recipients (in alphabetical order by location):
- Arlee, MT: Leon Wieder – founder of Spur the Cancer Out of Montana to raise money for cancer patients
- Glasgow, MT: Rod Karst – high school teach, coach, and volunteer committed to inspiring leadership in youth
- Great Falls, MT: T.C. Knutson – Montana Campus Corps AmeriCorps Team Leader at MSU- Great Falls
- Helena, MT: CASA – organization that recruits, trains, and mentors volunteers to advocate for children in the court system
- Kalispell, MT: Eugene Brownfield ¬– Montana State Park Volunteer at Lone Pine State Park
- Miles City, MT: Alfred Olson – Senior Corps RSVP Volunteer dedicated to serving veterans
- Missoula, MT: Minkie Medora – volunteer committed to ending childhood hunger in Montana
- Terry, MT: Wynona Breen – volunteer who transcribed the 1893-1928 diaries of Evelyn Cameron
For more information about the awards and for brief bios of the recipients, please visit serve.mt.gov.
The 2012 ServeMontana Symposium is sponsored by The Department of Commerce, Montana Citizen Corps, Target, Mountain Sky Guest Ranch Fund, the Dennis & Phyllis Washington Foundation, Town Pump, Glacier Bank, the Corporation for National and Community Service, NorthWestern Energy, Humanities Montana, the Department of Public Health and Human Services, the Department of Agriculture, the Office of Public Instruction, AARP, Hopa Mountain, and the Montana Nonprofit Association. Learn more and download the agenda at serve.mt.gov.
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