Four honored for volunteerism
Christy Martinez of Carlton, who volunteers with the Carlton Police Department and other entities, and Willamina Lumber, which has an extensive community service program, claimed two of the eight awards for the state as a whole. Karen Manfrin of McMinnville, who has volunteered with the Court Appointed Special Advocates program for 19 years, and J.L. Liddane of Dayton, chair of the Greater Yamhill Watershed Council, won two of the 24 awards for this part of the state.
Two Newberg women also made the list of nominees — Carol Hankins, a long-term care ombudsman, and Bonnie Lookabill, a Newberg Area Habitat for Humanity stalwart.
The annual Governor’s Volunteer Awards honor volunteers for their service and their inspiration. While they serve in myriad different ways, all the winners share one characteristic, the judges said: They improve their communities.
This is the eighth time the Governor’s Volunteer Awards have been presented in Oregon.
Willamina Lumber was preceeded as the state’s leading business contributor by another Yamhill County manufacturer, Freelin Wade of McMinnville. Freelin Wade was cited last year for its fundraising and community-building efforts.
In 2007, Newberg’s Faith in Action was named Outstanding Volunteer Program in the state. Heidi Harper of the Perrydale School District won one of the regional awards for 2009 and Randy Williamson of McMinnville won one of the regional awards for 2006.
This year’s awards luncheon will run 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Salem Conference Center at a cost of $30 per person. The reservation deadline is Thursday, April 17.
To reserve tickets or get more information, visit www.oregonvolunteers.org/events/gva.