28th Annual Nassau County Volunteer Center Recognition Luncheon

Submitted by Gerry Clare

Award recepients
Award recipients

Roving Reporter

Sponsored by Rock Tenn, the luncheon opened with music and a march down the aisle by the Fernandina Beach High School Marching  Band, led by Johnny Robinson.  Fernandina Beach Mayor Pelican presented the first awards after the National Anthem, Pledge of Allegiance and invocation by First Presbyterian Church’s Pastor Doug Ganyo.

Pelican honored Roberta Healey for her work with Youth, Paul Condit for Community Enrichment, Bob Powell for Social Services work and Barton Cormeir for his work with Seniors.

Sheriff Bill Leeper joins staff and Sheriff's volunteers and luncheon
Sheriff Bill Leeper joins staff and Sheriff’s volunteers and luncheon

Danny Leeper announced the Nassau County Board of Commissioners Empoloyee Volunter of the Year Award as Ed Hardee for all of his work with animals and the local Shelters, praising him for helping to raise awarenesss and crediting him with helping to bring the local euthanasia rate down by 50%.

The Mayor of Hilliard, the Honorable David Buchanan, announced his award to the volunteer firefighters , who do so much more than just firefighting in their community and have for many years.


Baptist Health Careworkers
Baptist Health Care workers

President Juliana Miller, presented the Sherry Stein Realtor Volunteer of the Year Award for the Amelia Island/Nassau County Association of Realtors to Michelle Holbrook for her work with Dayspring Village and other various non-profits in our community.

Mary Lowe, Secretary-Treasurer of the Fernandina Optimist Club, announced their

Volunteer of the Year Award to Larry Parker for his achievements.

C.A. McDonald, Fernandina Mill General Manager presented the Rayonier Foundation “Involved Good Citizen Award” to John and Kathy Brooks for their involvement  with Wild Amelia to educate the public about  and protect the environment .

Fernandina Beach High School Pirate Band under the direction of Johnny Robinson
Fernandina Beach High School Pirate Band under the direction of Johnny Robinson

Rock Tenn’s Fernandina Mill Manager, Allen Sanders awarded their Employee Community Volunteer Award to Tom Keenan and Michele Gardner for their involvement in community affairs  Rock Tenn was also awarded the Sponsorship Plaque this year by Commisione, Danny Leeper.

Foy Maloy, Vice President of the Nassau County Volunteer Center’s Board of Directors and Harrison Poole, NCVC Board Member thanked the many volunteer and other groups who contributed to the success of the luncheon.

Gail Shults, Nassau County Volunteer Center, Executive Director

Editor’s Note: Gerry began free lance writing for fun and is the author of a published book (available on Amazon and at Books Plus) about funny real estate experiences.  Gerry is a longtime member of our local American Business Women’s Chapter, a volunteer cancer driver and church deacon who loves to read, travel and meet interesting people.

April 12, 2013 6:00 a.m.