By Starla Pointer • Staff Writer • 

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.

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Many years ago, I was one of three people so honored by then governor Vic Atiyeh, for my many hours of volunteering in Port Orford, Oregon. Unfortunately, I was unable to attend the luncheon, as it was held on the day my husband, Dan, died. I had nothing to tell of the honor except the invitation to the luncheon, for which I would have had to pay myself, until a friend of mine who also knew the governor, told him my tale of woe and he sent me the appropriate certificate, which I cherish.

This article brought back such memories!

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