Jones Co. residents awarded for volunteer service

Posted June 19, 2013 at 7:57 am

By Kim Brooks, Express Editor

Jones County was well represented at the 30th Annual Governor’s Volunteer Awards ceremony on June 12 in Marion.

Both Governor Terry Branstad and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds attended the event, saying a few words and congratulating the award recipients.

Those from the Jones County area who received a volunteer award include: Hank Biere, Anamosa, Five-Year Individual Length of Service Award with RSVP of Jones County; Emily Boots, Monticello, Five-Year Individual Length of Service Award with RSVP of Jones County; Bob Eilers, Monticello, Five-Year Individual Length of Service Award with RSVP of Jones County; Paul Lewison, Anamosa, Five-Year Individual Length of Service Award with RSVP of Jones County; Verna Parham, Anamosa, Five-Year Individual Length of Service Award with RSVP of Jones County; Pete Sauser, Monticello, Five-Year Individual Length of Service Award with RSVP of Jones County; Luke Wells, Anamosa, Five-Year Individual Length of Service Award with RSVP of Jones County; Hoptown Hurricanes, Hopkinton, Group Governor’s Volunteer Award, Iowa DOT; and Standwood Lions Club, Mechanicsville, Group Governor’s Volunteer Award, Iowa DOT.

The Governor’s Volunteer Awards program was created in 1982. Several hundred volunteers are recognized each year with awards in one of four categories: individual, group, length of service and disaster volunteer.

Award recipient criteria include an individual or group who has:

 • Demonstrated exceptional commitment to volunteerism by helping with a special project or ongoing activities.

• Demonstrated exemplary leadership, creativity, cooperation and hard work in their service to others.

• Made an outstanding contribution to state or community through volunteer service.

For Emily Boots of Monticello, this was her second Governor’s Volunteer Award. She found out in April she was nominated for the award through RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) of Jones County.

Boots spends much of her time giving back to the community through Senior Dining, making quilts and donating them to help fund organizations, baking pies for the First Presbyterian Church Pie Ladies and serving at the Community Thanksgiving Dinner.

Boots started helping with Senior Dining in 1995. She helps prepare the meals, gets deliveries ready for carry-outs and cleans up after the meals. When Senior Dining was located at the Berndes Center, Boots also helped with dishes afterwards. Now, the girls at Four Oaks help with that chore.

“They just needed help,” Boots said of why she started volunteering with Senior Dining in the beginning.

An avid pie-maker, Boots enjoys baking for the Pie Ladies. She said her specialty is a triple berry pie. She also donates pies towards the Community Thanksgiving Dinner and helps portion carry-outs there as well.

As if that’s not enough to keep her busy, Boots spends time quilting. She’s donated quilts to the Monticello Community School District Foundation auction and for the Relay for Life auction.

Giving back is something Boots said makes her feel good.

“I just enjoy doing it,” she said, plain and simple. “You don’t need a reason to help people. It helps keep you young.”

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