Volunteer years of service for 5, 10, 15 and 25 recognized

The dining room of the La Junta Senior Center was just about a full house on Saturday, Sept. 22, when 68 Retired Senior Volunteer Program volunteers gathered for this annual event. The brunch provides the opportunity to express citizens’ thanks for the many ours of volunteer service and the community needs met by volunteers. RSVP serves the residents of Bent, Crowley and Otero Counties.

This year’s theme was Memories. Photographs in black and white from the 1930’s, 40’s and 50’s era were on the table for Folks to enjoy and perhaps trigger their memory of a special time, family or friend. The program included Pastor Rick Miller of Trinity Lutheran Church, who gave the blessing. Bob Lovisone, Chairman of the Advisory Board, kept everyone on track. Lovisone also introduced the new director of the RSVP, Jim Collins. Collins came on board a few months ago and ‘hit the ground running.’ He shared some quite amazing statistics regarding volunteer service specific to the Bent, Crowley and Otero RSVP, noting that those volunteers receiving their five-year certificate had accumulated 5,760 hours of volunteer service this year! Miles driven in this program year were 11,977. Collins presented the Appreciation Certificates:

5 years of service: Ann Bogner, Roxana Darnell, Alice Detheredge, Donna Dotson, JoAnn Geist, Judy Heerschap, Eleanor Hillyer, Jane Thomas, Richard Thomas, Dave Whitehead

10 years of service: Kazunari Ashida, Edward Blasi, Patricia Blasi, Cheryl Butcher, Stan Butcher, Maryannn David, Eileen Fricke, Robert Fricke, Marva Fritch, Sally Kappel, Phylis Kelley, Richard Porterfield, Anne Tekansik, Charles Tekansik, Peggy Warren

15 years of service: Gracia Lowman and Pat Lucero

25 years: Leota Cox and Frances Mascarenas.

Wonderful entertainment was presented by Valerie McKinney and granddaughters, Sennon and Keelin. Valerie and Sennon began by sharing the inspiring “He Will Lift You Up” on their trombones. Keelin Wallace delighted the audience with her solo, “Colors of the Wind.” Valerie and the girls maintained the musical momentum as she led the guests in singing several of yester-years’ tunes, including “Daisy, Daisy,” “Take Me Out to the Ball Game,” until the program ended with “May the Good Lord Bless and Keep You.”

For more information about being a volunteer, please contact Jim Collins at 719-384-8164 or jim.collins@state.co.us.