City of Pendleton Volunteers Honored

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The April 19th City of Pendleton Council Meeting kicked off with a proclamation from Mayor Houk declaring Volunteer Week, acknowledging the generous service of community volunteers. It was followed by recognition of outstanding City of Pendleton volunteers who served in city departments during 2015.

Seven volunteers received the President’s Volunteer Service Award, a national award recognizing citizens who have achieved a required number of service hours over a 12-month period. Each recipient receives a certificate, medallion, and letter from the White House.  Bronze award recipients included Pamela Helsley, Virginia Roberts, Linda Senter, Linda Wagner, Dee St. Romain, Louise Rice, and Tom Laird. Tikhon Gilson received the Silver award, his 5th President’s Volunteer Service Award, for his 352 hours of library service in 2015. 

In its inaugural year, the Mayor’s Leadership Award was presented to Kelli and John Bieker in recognition of the dedication they have given in supporting the operations of Roy Raley Ice Rink. The award was established to honor citizens who have dedicated time and energy in the pursuit of making the community the best it can be, and have provided leadership to facilitate dynamic change in the city.

Three awards recognized outstanding volunteerism, nominated by city department supervisors. Elizabeth “Lizzy” Evans was awarded the Youth Volunteer of the Year for her contributions to multiple events in the Recreation Division. The Volunteer Group of the Year honor went to the East Oregonian, recognized as being a diligent partner in the Adopt-A-Parkway program, keeping the River Walk litter free. The final award presented at the Council meeting went to Jutta Haliewicz, the 2015 City of Pendleton Volunteer of the Year.  Jutta, an 18 year city employee in the Public Works department, volunteers throughout the year at city events and adopted a Parkway in 2015. She was cited as a “go to person” in the program, performing many volunteer tasks selflessly for the benefit of the Pendleton community.

Formally established in 2009, the City of Pendleton’s Volunteer Program included 300 citizens in 2015, with 130 of those volunteers performing 4,918 hours of service in various city departments.  Working alongside city staff, volunteers played a vital role in enhancing, expanding and delivering quality programs and services to the community.

The City of Pendleton accepts applications year round to volunteer in city departments.  More information on the Volunteer Program, including the 2015 City of Pendleton Volunteer Report, can be found on the city website