Thomas Rollins, of Altamont, is the July Volunteer of the Month.
“It is an honor to recognize the July Volunteer of the Year. It is so fitting, as our honoree is a true Patriot, through serving our country as a young soldier in WWII, to being a true champion for our local veterans and their families at the young age of 91,” stated Grundy County Mayor Michael Brady.
Rollins’ nomination reads:
“It’s an honor to nominate 91-year-old WWII Veteran Thomas Rollins for Volunteer of the Month. Rollins service began over 75 years ago, as he entered into the military as a very young man right in the middle of WWII. This Memorial Day found him placing American Flags on the graves of the 60 Veterans in his hometown cemetery as he has done faithfully for nearly 2 decades. This cemetery adjoins ‘The Old Place’ where He grew up. He has grown a huge garden there for years that family and friends have enjoyed. People know they are welcome to come pick greens there. Recently he picked and delivered them to more than one cancer victim that he knows. His cheerful visits do good like a medicine. It’s a regular routine for him to stop on his way to church and deliver potatoes, meat, and vegetables to someone in need.
“Rollins and his wife, Mary, have been married for almost 70 years, and have attended and supported the same church all of that time. He has served there as teacher, elder, deacon, and encourager. Generations of children have sat on his lap and grown up claiming him as their Pa. His profound love of children is an important part of Rollins’ life, prompting him to donate generously to St. Jude’s Research Hospital for 30 yrs.
“He wears his Army uniform to participate in various patriotic events and to many schools. He speaks to the children there about history and the value of education. He always reminds them that they are the future leaders of America.
“When he served as scout master, he led may hikes through the forests of Grundy County and had numerous fishing trips. Along with scoutmaster, Rollins served his community as fireman, alderman, and director on the Farm Bureau. He held an office in the local American Legion for 60 years, and was on the first Grundy County Planning Committee. He is a member of The Grundy County Veteran’s Association where he has the honor of nominating ‘Veteran of the Year.’ Many of these service men have told Thomas that he was their mentor. He has also served on two local cemetery committees with his presence, donations, and physical labor.
“Whether it’s serving on committees, plowing someone’s garden, or being the unofficial life guard at the local swimming hole, Rollins delights in serving others. His servant’s heart makes him a worthy candidate for ‘Volunteer Honoree’ for Grundy County.”
“Thank you Mr. Rollins, 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 July, 2017, Volunteer of the Month in Grundy County!” said Brady.
Monthly, Brady accepts nominations from the public for volunteers in the youth and adult category. There will be a monthly honoree recognized. Each of those recognized will then be submitted to the prior honorees for rankings. One of our monthly honorees 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, 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.