Maine Township Citizen Corps Council Wins Volunteer Service Awards
May 20, 2008 — Recently, the Maine Township Citizen Corps Council received a package from the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation. It contained several awards for volunteering time to the community. At the latest Emergency Management Agency (EMA) meeting, Bob Cohen presented award packages to John Aykroid and Dagmar Rutzen. Cohen himself was also recognized.
The first two awards included a Bronze Award Pin for Aykroid for providing at least 250 hours of volunteer service to our Citizen Corps Program and EMA. A Silver Pin was awarded to Rutzen for contributing over 500 hours of volunteer service for those same programs and the Neighborhood Watch. Bob Cohen received a Gold Award Pin for over 2000 hours of service and an additional Lifetime Award Pin for contributing over 5000 hours of volunteer time between 1968 and 2000.
Along with the pins, there was a certificate, a letter from President George W. Bush, and one from the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation. The Volunteer Service Award was established in 2003 by President Bush to recognize individuals, families and groups for volunteer service.
The Maine Township Board recognized their EMA volunteers at their June 2008 board meeting, for earning the President's Volunteer Service Award. Additionally, Robert Cohen, Director of the EMA and Marv Michnik, Communications Supervisor, also earned the Presidents "Call to Service" Lifetime Award for providing well over 22,000 volunteer hours between 1968 and 2002.
Recipients of the awards are pictured from left to right: Dagmar Rutzen, Silver for 525 hours; Jerry Mandybur, Bronze for 250 hours; Larry Jasinek, Bronze for 325 hours; Bob Cohen, Gold for 3200 hours from 2002 thru 2007 and Lifetime for over 12,000 hours; James Coursey, Bronze for 250 hours; and John Aykroid, Bronze for 250 hours. Not pictured are James Heinlein, Bronze Award for 250 hours and Marv Michnik, Gold for 2000 hours from 2002 thru 2007 and Lifetime of 10,258 hours over 27 years. These volunteers represent a total of service to the community of 31,383 hours. Pictured with the volunteers are Supervisor Carol A. Teschky, Trustee Peter Ryan, Highway Commissioner Robert Provenzano, Trustees Susan Moylan-Krey, Laura Morask, and Walter Kazmierczak, Collector Peter Gialamas, Clerk Gary Warner, and Assessor Tom Rueckert.
For more information on the Citizen Corps, call Bob Cohen at 847-297-5911.