Ronan recognizes volunteers
RONAN — Mayor Kim Aipperspach proclaimed April 9 Ronan’s official day of recognition during the April 8 city council meeting.
April 9 is National Service Recognition Day — a day intended to honor volunteers around the country for their unflinching dedication to helping those in need.
Aipperspach officiated a ceremony at Ronan’s City Library April 9 with representative volunteers from the Western Montana Area six Agency on Aging, Foster Grandparents, AmeriCorps, Senior Corps and other service organizations.
“Service programs are a vital partnership of stretching our tax dollars and time in many areas,” Aipperspach said during the event. “Many facilities and organizations throughout the Mission Valley would not function without the time and effort these valuable citizens provide. We see them every day providing the work it takes to make these programs survive — everywhere from the Bread Basket, food banks and colleges to healthcare programs, and the list goes on and on.”
“I thought (Aipperspach) had a nice proclamation, and I know he’d done some work with the city council on it and proclaimed this as their day of recognition for volunteers ... it was nice,” said WMAAA director Duane Lutke.
Lutke added that more than 850 mayors in all 50 states had made a similar proclamation and said it was an important day for Lake County’s 157 volunteers.
“They’re huge,” Lutke said of the volunteers. “It’s huge when you look at volunteers helping with children, volunteers helping with seniors, volunteers helping in their communities to do a variety of things — and they do it for nothing more than love.”
Lake County RSVP volunteer coordinator Maxine Garcia organized the honoring and thanks Mayor Aipperspach for taking time out of his schedule to come down.
“It’s the first-ever national honoring of volunteers, so it’s a big deal,” she said.