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April 14, 2014

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YRTC-Geneva Recognizes Volunteers
 
Geneva – Volunteers were honored by the Youth Rehabilitation and Treatment Center in Geneva at ‘A Year to Celebrate’ Volunteer Recognition Banquet held April 11, said Facility Administrator Dan Scarborough.
 
Attending were 123 volunteers, staff and youth.
 
Volunteer Coordinator Anita Haumont said more than 70 active volunteers perform in a number of capacities and average over 190 hours each month.
 
Scarborough and Haumont noted the help of volunteers in several areas of service: eight members of the Community Advisory Board, five new volunteers, and Pastor Jason Briggs for 5 years of service, Jack and Sharon Jacobs and Jeanette Stengel for 15 years of service, and Teela Mickles for 20 years of service.
 
Also recognized were Donna Best and Ruth Erb for 28 years, Sharon Kennel for 32 years, Frank Heinisch for 33 years, Darlene Loontjer for 42 years, and Mary Ann Najmon for 42 years of service.
 
A special thank you was given to Marilyn Christiancy, who retired from the Community Advisory Board last fall, for her 46 years of service to the facility serving in various capacities. 
 
“Whether it be through educating, mentoring, or advocating for the youth, be assured that you are making a difference, and we see it every day,” Haumont said.
 
In addition, Pastor Bill Switzer was thanked for serving on the Community Advisory Board as his service to his church will soon come to an end. Switzer has been an important member of the committee, and he will be greatly missed, Scarborough said. 
 
Entertainment was provided by the youth and included a relay race, a Cheetos toss, a shake-a-thon, and a musical dress-up game.
 
A 2014 Celebrate Volunteers t-shirt was provided each volunteer as a token of appreciation.

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