St. John Medical Center today announced it has awarded 32 Hospital Volunteers with the PRESIDENT'S CALL TO SERVICE AWARD, a national honor offered in recognition of volunteer service of 4,000 hours or more. PRESIDENT'S CALL TO SERVICE AWARD is the highest level, it is a lifetime achievement.
Established in 2003, the AWARD is available on an annual basis to individuals, groups and families who have met or exceeded requirements for volunteer service and have demonstrated exemplary citizenship through volunteering. As one of thousands of Certifying Organizations participating in the AWARD program, St. John Medical Center confers the award to recognize the outstanding achievements of its Volunteers.
St. John Medical Center has a long history of volunteer service, and more than 200 volunteers perform community service each year on behalf of the organization. The following volunteers were given the PRESIDENT'S CALL TO SERVICE AWARD award: Betty Bennett 8,663 hours; Evelyn Bott 20,000 hours; Mary Cain 4,640 hours; Mae Chandler 8,946 hours; Clarence Coder 4,318 hours; Grace Coniglio 4,341 hours; Lillian Crimaldi 4,224; Evelyn Decker 4,620 hours; Kay Del Regno 4,140 hours; Johanna Drenkhan 4,852 hours; Margaret Ehlinger 6,764 hours; Shirley Erwin 5,623 hours; John Gonzalez 4,000hours; Charles Greiner 4,500 hours; Howard Holleman 9,500 hours, Peggy Jarosz 5,739 hours; Anne Knoblauch 7,042 hours; Shelley Marsh 8,788 hours; Dolores Medvec 5,416 hours; Bernice Milner 4, 015 hours; Maryalice Moore 4,747 hours; Gert McDonald 6,043 hours; Marie McShane 5,226 hours; Judy Petrich 4,000 hours; Margaret Rabatsky 4,529 hours; Adris Radak 5,549 hours; Carol Riordan 4,574 hours, Mary Sexton 10,852 hours; Helen Solomon 4,385 hours; Edna Sund 9,701 hours; Molly Walker 8,259 hours; and Joy Weitendorf 4,341 hours.
“In his 2002 State of the Union Address, President George W. Bush created the USA Freedom Corps, and called to every American to make a lifelong commitment to volunteer service. The PRESIDENT'S CALL TO SERVICE AWARD recognizes individuals and families who have answered that call,” said Cliff J. Coker, President of St. John Medical Center.
“America’s volunteers work to make our communities stronger and safer. As a Certifying Organization for the AWARD program, St. John Medical Center is proud to be aligned with this prestigious volunteer award, and we are especially proud of our Volunteers who have made volunteer service a central part of their lives.”
The PRESIDENT'S CALL TO SERVICE AWARD is an award for volunteer service that every American – from every age and every walk of life – can aspire to achieve. To be eligible to receive the AWARD, individuals, families and groups submit a record of their annual volunteer service hours to participating Certifying Organizations, such as St. John Medical Center, that will verify the service and deliver the AWARD. AWARD eligibility for individuals and groups is based on hour requirements varying by age.
“These recipients of the PRESIDENT'S CALL TO SERVICE AWARD are role models for all Americans, Coker said. "Each volunteer hour contributed makes a difference in improving the quality of life for others, and I encourage everyone to contribute to our community by volunteering. Volunteers bring us closer together as families, as communities and as a Nation, through their commitment."
The AWARD is issued by the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation, a group created by President Bush to recognize the valuable contributions volunteers are making to our Nation. Chaired by two-time Super Bowl Champion Darrell Green, with former U.S. Senators Bob Dole and John Glenn as honorary co-chairs, the Council comprises leaders in government, media, entertainment, business, education, nonprofits and volunteer service organizations, as well as community volunteering.
For more information about volunteering at St. John Medical Center, contact Roberta Jones, Director of Volunteer Services, at 440-827-5042.
For more information about how to qualify for the PRESIDENT'S CALL TO SERVICE AWARD and to find out how to identify additional volunteer opportunities in this area, visit www.PresidentialServiceAwards.gov or call 1-866-545-5307.