Meridian Star

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December 9, 2012

Volunteers ... the backbone of every community

MERIDIAN — I am fortunate to direct many volunteers who display the “Volunteer Heart."

    I recently became well aware of the value and loyalty of my RSVP volunteers as we planned our Meridian Volunteers Appreciation Day, an event honoring volunteers from every sector of Meridian. In the final stages of planning for this large event, I became ill and was very weak. My volunteers arrived early, came to work and gave me the strength and support to plan and execute this awesome event for those who serve our community.

    I thank the Meridian/Lauderdale County RSVP volunteers for their support and willingness to help. I am so proud of all my volunteers for the more than 30,000 hours they served in their community this year, and I look forward to being their leader in 2013.  I come to work every day knowing that what we do makes a difference to the Meridian community.

    The spirit and willingness to help others is what volunteering is all about. It is not the number of hours that makes volunteering special; it is the spirit of the volunteers that sets them apart.

2012 RSVP

Volunteer of the Year    

    Sandra McMullan has been recognized as our 2012 RSVP Volunteer of the Year.

    Sandra is not only an active member of RSVP, but she also volunteers to prepare taxes for AARP. Sandra served on our committee for the recent Meridian Volunteers Appreciation Day event, and also performed violin solos at an event earlier this month – shortly after recuperating from surgery.

    Our 2012 Volunteer of the Month honorees are:  Dorothy Stovall, January; Helen Shannon, February; Brenda Jefcoat, March; Donna Harrison and Wayne Long, April; Dorothy Burks, May; Corine Nichols and Elnora Carson, June; Jesse Brewster, July; Dorothy Nicholson, August; Sandra McMullan, September; The Volunteer Recognition Committee – Blanche Harmon, Kathleen Jordan, Sarah Jackson, Rose Ellen Reid, Sandra McMullan, Belinda Waters and John Flowers – October; John Flowers, November; and Belinda Waters, December.

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