SALT Volunteer Recognition Ceremony
April is National Volunteer Month and Schoharie Area Long Term (SALT) is pleased to announce that over seventy volunteers attended a Volunteer Recognition Ceremony on Tuesday, April 9, 2013 at 5pm at the Schoharie Colonial Heritage Association’s Depot Lane Theater in Schoharie, NY.
Local leaders, Mayor Matthew Avitable and Major John Borst Sr. joined SALT and Schoharie Recovery, Inc. staff to formally acknowledge and show appreciation for the many hardworking and dedicated individuals who have volunteered for the relief and recovery efforts following the devastation caused by Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee in 2011.
Rev. Sherri Meyer-Veen SALT Board Co-Chair received recognition for her vision, leadership and the innumerable number of volunteer hours that she has dedicated to SALT and the recovery efforts. In addition, her congregation with co-pastor Rev. Michael Meyer-Veen Schoharie Reformed Church and all of its members were recognized. The SALT office is located in the Schoharie Reformed Church’s Heritage House and the church has supported the recovery efforts from day one, graciously sharing space and resources.
SALT board members were also recognized. SALT is lucky to have a board of directors that remains actively engaged and fully committed to our mission, vision and goals. Board members who attended the event include: Board Co-Chair Rev. Elaine Berg, as well as David Cox, Nancy Dingee, Rev. Dr. Carlton Shepard, Michael Vamvas and Georgia Van Dyke.
The event also highlighted the impact of national service and thanked individuals who are currently serving in AmeriCorps VISTA and NCCC programs in our region. Over 800 mayors nationally participated in the Corporation for National and Community Service’s first ever Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service, also on April 9, 2013.
In addition, national partners were recognized including: World Renew Disaster Response Services (better known locally as the Greenshirts, Brethren Disasters Ministries, and United Methodist Committee on Relief.
Schoharie Recovery longtime volunteers were recognized: John Poorman, Dianne Enders, Kirt Feuz, Linda Feuz, Ruth Schaeffer, Jim Czebiniak, Jim Lord, Mike Stephen, Bill Kinisky, John Hausmann, Dawn Milone, and Karen Olewnick.
Loaves and Fishes Café volunteers were recognized: Emily Davis, Janis Bassett, Shirley Martin, Diane Fiddler, Carol Hoffman, Carol McMichael, Linda Kircher, Linda Feuz, Sheila Kennedy, Esther Weaver and Norma Collins.
Several people from Southern Valley Recovery were recognized for their work in Middleburgh, Breakabeen, and surrounding areas including: John C. Hill, Rev. Carol Coltrain, Kelly Diamond, James Chichester, Linda Chichester, Doug Chichester, Gary Riggi, Claude (Skeeter) Coons, and Liz Coons. Additionally people from Blenheim were recognized including: Robin Alley, Don Airey and Renee Grabowski and Three Strands Ministry: Rev. Jim Wolford and Rev. Gail Adamocheck. As well as, Fields of Grace Outreach leaders Rev. Peter and Karen DeBartolo.
Members of DC9 Local 201 and the Finishing Trades Institute of NY at Albany were also recognized, including Laura Provo-Parker, Lee Eck, Roy Casey and Jeff Stark. David Moak from SUNY Cobleskill Carpentry Course was recognized. Eliot King was recognized from the Charlton School, and Cynthia Smith was recognized from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Thanks to all the volunteers that helped these past 18 months long-term and short-termed, It’s amazing how far a community can come with help every from near and so far away. In Closing there’s a quote from Helen Dyer, Parks Funding and Volunteer Coordinator from Colorado, US that says “Volunteerism is the voice of the people put into action. These actions shape and mold the present into a future of which we can all be proud.”