CRIA honors volunteers with President’s Volunteer Service Award

Chimney Rock Interpretive Association (CRIA) has awarded 37 volunteers with the President’s Volunteer Service Award, a national honor offered in recognition of volunteer service.

Established in 2003, the award is available on an annual basis to individuals, groups and families who have met or exceeded requirements for volunteer service and have demonstrated exemplary citizenship through volunteering. As one of thousands of certifying organizations participating in the award program, CRIA confers the award to recognize the outstanding achievements of its volunteers.

Chimney Rock Interpretive Association has a long history of volunteer service, and more than 100 volunteers perform community service each year on behalf of the organization.

America’s volunteers work to make our communities stronger and safer. As a certifying organization for the award program, Chimney Rock Interpretive Association is proud to be aligned with this prestigious volunteer award, and is especially proud of the volunteers who have made volunteer service a central part of their lives.

The President’s Volunteer Service Award is an award for volunteer service that every American can aspire to achieve. To be eligible to receive the award, individuals, families and groups submit a record of their annual volunteer service hours to participating Certifying Organizations, such as Chimney Rock Interpretive Association, that will verify the service and deliver the award. Award eligibility for individuals and groups is based on hour requirements varying by age.

The award is issued by the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation, a group created by President Bush to recognize the valuable contributions volunteers are making to our Nation.

Bronze awards, requiring a minimum of 100 volunteer hours, were presented to Dee Abbott, Herb Billings, Sandy Billings, Richard Bond, Hank Buslepp, Judy Estell, Dottie George, Ann Graves, John Gwin, Steve Kuhlman, Donna Kummer, Jeanie Lemmo, Joe Lemmo, Linda Medici, Harold Morrison, Janelle Pendleton, Johnnie Pickett, Bill Pongratz, Roland Ray, Jerry Sadler, Alan Saltzstein, Joan Ward, Bill Wassinger and Doris Whitcomb.

Silver awards, requiring a minimum of 250 volunteer hours, were presented to Linda Commons, Wayne Logan, Cher Logsdon, Helen Richardson, John Richardson, Clare Skaggs and Barry Wheeless.

The Gold award, requiring a minimum of 500 volunteer hours, was presented to Glenn Commons.

Individuals who have completed 4,000 or more volunteer service hours over the course of their lifetime are eligible to receive the President’s Call to Service. Chimney Rock is proud to have awarded five of this most prestigous award to Jean Carson, Robert Henley, Dahrl Henley, Richard Moseley and Tanice Ramsperger.

For more information about volunteering for Chimney Rock Interpretive Association, contact the CRIA office at 264-2287, or visit www.chimneyrockco.org.

For more information about how to qualify for the President’s Volunteer Service Award and how to identify additional volunteer opportunities in this area, visit www.PresidentialServiceAwards.gov or call (866) 545-5307.