Scotland County’s most outstanding volunteers were recognized at this week’s meeting of the board of commissioners.
Board Chairman Guy McCook recognized the groups and individuals for earning the distinction of winning the Governor’s Award for Volunteer Service.
The Governor’s Award for Volunteer Service recepients were Mamie Everett, Lonnie Humphreys, the Red Cross Disaster Leadership Team, Eaton Golf Pride, the Hospice Bereavement Team and Leslie Womack, the director of Church Community Services.
“I can attest to the hard work she has done,” McCook said of Womack as he presented her with the certificate. Womack “exceeds expectations” praised McCook, adding that she volunteers additional hours in excess of her work day and takes the time to help every individual with their special needs. With Womack winning in a special category specifically for paid “Director of Volunteers” workers, this is the second year that Scotland County has had a winner in that category.
According to McCook, Everett was recognized for her work in the blood lab at a free clinic and for her exemplary handing of patients.
“She also trains others in phlebotomy,” McCook noted.
Humphreys was recognized for caring for “caring for the yard and other volunteers and clients” at Church Community Service by McCook.
The largest group of volunteers recognized by McCook was the local “Disaster Leadership Team,” which the chairman said was organized in 2009 to assist the local chapter of the American Red Cross in responding to disasters. Meeting monthly, the group has tasked itself with preparing to meet the needs of food, clothing and shelter in the event of a disaster.
Also honored was the “Bereavement Team” at the local Hospice. Called “highly trained,” the group has a mission of providing support to grieving families after the loss of a loved one, McCook said.
Eaton Golf Pride received a special acknowledgment from McCook for their status as the county’s nominee to the “Governor’s Medallion” award, which is meant to recognize the state’s most exceptional volunteers. Eaton Golf Pride, said McCook, provides volunteers and financial support for an annual golf tournament. The tournament raises about $160,000 for Hospice care and attracts nearly 200 golfers annually, McCook said.
“(Eaton Golf Pride) also participates in Relay for Life, added McCook.
Initiated in 1979 the Governor’s Award for Volunteer Service was created to “honor the true spirit of volunteerism by recognizing individuals, groups and businesses that make a significant contribution to their community through volunteer service.”
Any person, group, or business from the public, non-profit and private sector may be nominated for an award.
The awards are coordinated in Scotland County by Dr. Howard H. Whitehurst.