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28th Annual Governor’s Volunteer Awards Presented

July 8, 2011
Northern-Sun Print
Local Volunteer Recognized Janice Smith of Traer, Iowa received a Governor’s Volunteer Award from Governor Terry E. Branstad during a special recognition ceremony held June 24th. The Governor’s Volunteer Awards (GVA) program was created in 1982, with an inaugural awards presented in 1983. The program has grown form a small program only available to state agencies to its present function of providing all Iowa non-profit, charitable, and government organizations with an easy and effective way to honor their volunteer’s with a prestigious state-level recognition award. Volunteers may be nominated for an award in one of several categories: Individual, Group, Length of Service, or Disaster Volunteer. More than 700 Volunteers were selected for awards in 2011. Janice was honored with an individual Volunteer Award by Julie Ehlers and Iowa’s Bravest for all her work she did for the Holiday Gift Boxes for the troops stationed in Afghanistan and Iraq. “Iowa is currently ranked second in the nation for its state volunteerism rate, which is most certainly a direct result of the devotion of Iowa’ volunteers,” said Governor Branstad. “I am honored to have this opportunity to personally thank this year’s award recipients for donating their time and talent to help their fellow Iowans and make a tremenous difference in our state.” The annual “Volunteering in America” study released each June, details the millions of hours that volunteers in Iowa collectively contribute. The estimated annual economic impact of that service is well over a $1 billion. The entire report can be viewed at The Governor’s Volunteer Award program is coordinated by the Iowa Commission on Volunteer service and the Governor’s Office. For more information, visit Attending the ceremony was Janice’s husband, Larry, and her daughters Barb and Tammy and Dan Seegmiller, Janice’s grandson Houston, and Janice’s friend Michelle Bruce from Vinton. Janice will be honored by her husband Larry on Saturday, July 16, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the North Tama Activity Center for the public to come and congratulate her on this honor that she is very proud of earning. Janice is the daughter of Loretta Lubbert of Gladbrook and the late Earl Lubbert.

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