Grundy County Mayor Michael Brady has announced the volunteer for April, Harold Woodlee of Pelham.
Woodlee grew up in Grundy County and was an active FFA member at Grundy County High School. He credits his experience in FFA for having given him the opportunity to be able to speak in public and motivating him to attend college. He retired from a career with the USDA as Assistant State Conservationist for Field Operations in Kentucky and returned to Grundy County to become one of the county’s most active volunteers.
He has participated in Career Day events at GCHS, where he engaged with students in discussion about the great opportunities for careers in agriculture. In addition, he has supported several fund-raising activities for the GCHS agricultural education program, including grilling food for the FFA Hey! Day event and performing on the stage for the participants.
Woodlee is a “Farm Friend” as a member of the agricultural education committee of the Grundy County Farm Bureau. He has presented programs about agricultural careers to elementary students during 4-H meetings and has made a transportable display board to be used in all schools and several business organizations to promote Ag Literacy in Grundy County.
Woodlee is very active with Pelham United Methodist Church and oversees any maintenance or improvements needed for the church building. He has been an active leader in the MPACT program, helping with various tasks to ensure the success of the after-school program provided by the church for students of Pelham Elementary School. He serves on the Bethel Cemetery Association.
Woodlee is a talented wood crafter and has made hundreds of miniature birdhouses which he has donated to Vanderbilt Children’s hospital to be painted as craft projects for the young patients. He has assisted with making the props for the live nativity scene provided by Chapman’s Chapel Nazarene Church.
“Thank you Mr. Woodlee, for your hard work and dedication. I am so thankful to have caring citizens, like you that are willing to sacrifice in order to make a difference in the lives of others. Congratulations on being named the April, 2017 Volunteer of the Month in Grundy County,” stated Brady.
Monthly, the mayor will be accepting nominations from the public for Volunteers in youth and adult categories. There will be a monthly honoree recognized. Each of those recognized will be submitted to prior honorees for rankings. One monthly honoree will be recognized at the Governor’s Volunteer Stars Awards ceremony in February 2018.
If you have an individual (youth or adult) that you would like to nominate, please send your nominations in by the first day of each month to Gayle VanHooser, Coordinator for Governor’s Volunteer Stars Awards, P. O. Box 35, Altamont, TN 37301.