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Volunteer Stars of Grundy County

Posted on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 12:20 pm

Grundy County Mayor Michael Brady joined Grundy County’s Star Volunteers Roxanna Fults and Hunter Ladd as they were recognized in Franklin at the Governor’s Volunteer Stars awards ceremony on February 12. Brady and county coordinator Gayle VanHooser, along with friends and family of the honorees, attended the ninth annual.

 “I am very proud of our county and all of the folks that put service above self on a daily basis. Our county is blessed with so many people that are willing to go the extra mile to try to make a difference in the lives of others. It was an honor to join this year’s honorees at this very inspiring event. To quote one of my favorite presidents, John F. Kennedy said in at his inauguration, ‘Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.’”

 “These individuals, along with so many other unsung heroes, are making a difference in all of our lives while displaying tremendous dedication to serving Grundy County. I am very thankful for the hearts of our citizens,” stated Brady.

The Grundy County Commission will recognize the volunteer efforts of the 2016-2017 Governor’s Volunteer Stars on February 27, at 7 p.m., during the regular scheduled commission meeting.

County Coordinator, Gayle VanHooser stated that if anyone is interested in nominating an individual, please take the time to write it out and mail it in to: Grundy County Volunteer Stars, P O Box 35, Altamont TN 37301. VanHooser says there will be a featured volunteer from your nominations monthly. All nominations will be held until the October deadline and given to previous honorees for an independent ranking process to determine the honorees for the Governor’s Volunteer Stars Awards.

Nominees are judged based on the community’s need of the volunteer service performed, initiative taken to perform the service, creativity used to solve a community problem, and impact of the volunteer’s service on the community.

“This past year has been a very difficult time and I apologize for not properly promoting volunteerism in our county, and I did miss one nomination for which I am very sorry. However, I will work hard in insure that we not only promote volunteerism, but give recognition to a special volunteer every month that we receive a nomination,” explained Vanhooser. 

“I ask each of you to take the time to write a brief nomination for someone who has made a difference in the lives of others. Just hearing about the efforts of others will hopefully inspire each of us to do what we can to make a difference.”

Volunteer Tennessee coordinates the Governor’s Volunteer Stars Awards at the State level.