Apex Park and Recreation District Board recognizes local seniors’ community service

The Apex PRD Community Recreation Center is an outstanding facility in many ways, and that is due in large part to a talented and enthusiastic group of volunteers. At the Apex PRD board meeting on February 7, the board met and honored twelve “Seniors Who Shine” for their outstanding community service work in 2012. Here’s a summary:

Gail Hussin – Customer Service award

Every December each Apex PRD division manager chooses one staff member who consistently goes above and beyond to provide quality customer service. It was an easy decision to select Gail Hussin as the Community Recreation Center’s Customer Service recipient of the year. Gail always has a friendly, positive attitude and is willing to help out wherever she is needed. Gail has volunteered at the Center for 8 years and has recorded 4548 volunteer hours

The next group of senior volunteers were recognized through the Volunteer Connection, which annually honors outstanding volunteers at Jefferson County agencies, and the Arvada Sunrise Rotary, which honors a Senior Hero every other month.

Elizabeth and Hugh Lindsey, Rotary Senior Heroes, are Colorado natives and will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary this March. At the Community Recreation Center, they volunteer together in the Center’s library sorting and mending the hundreds of books, which cycle through the library each week. Together they have logged nearly 100 hours to help to keep the world of books ready for CRC customers.

Edna Graham, Rotary Senior Hero and Volunteer Connection honoree, is over 90 years young and going strong. She has logged 702 hours with the CRC Crafty Seniors group, which takes donated craft supplies and makes them into items to donate to local charities or sell in our gift shop to benefit the Center. For Edna, volunteering keeps her active, lets her feel useful, and helps others.

Pat Devorss, Rotary Senior Hero and Volunteer Connection honoree, has worked in the CRC Craft Carousel Gift Shop since 2007, logging in over 1205 hours. She serves over 5 hours each week as the shop’s treasurer, balancing the books, paying the consignors, and submitting sales tax. For Pat, the best thing about the shop is the recreational outlet it provides for many crafters. Her behind-the-scenes efforts are the heart of a well-run shop.

Carol Labenz, Rotary Senior Hero, has donated more than 1464 hours at the CRC, where her keen business sense has been a huge asset. As co-chairperson for the Craft Carousel Gift Shop, she led the group through the process of becoming a Colorado non-profit corporation and they are currently finalizing their Federal non-profit status. Additionally, she volunteers as a clerk in the gift shop, helps in the kitchen for many special events, and has served on the Center’s Senior Advisory Council.

Bette Eaton, Rotary Senior Hero, has donated over 938 hours at the CRC. Her quick smile and welcoming personality makes her a perfect fit in her volunteer position as front desk receptionist. She also volunteers in the Center’s gift shop and serves on the Center’s Senior Advisory Council. Bette has a willing heart and says she volunteers to meet great people and to help fill a need.

Evelyn “Eve” Burchell, Rotary Senior Hero, is a warm and welcoming presence at the front desk. She began volunteering in 2006 and has recorded 1074 hours. As a front desk volunteer, Eve welcomes participants to the Center, answers the phones, registers and directs people to their classes, and gives center tours. She enjoys the people she has met through volunteering, and likes to greet customers by name. She also helps with special events, the Senior Advisory Council, and helped launch the CRC’s book club.

Wally White, Rotary Senior Hero and Volunteer Connection honoree, has volunteered for 7 years and has recorded 823 volunteer hours in the CRC weight room. Wally’s deteriorating eyesight does not hinder him, as he volunteers with a ready smile and conversation to assist people in the proper use of the exercise equipment. He has also served on the Senior Advisory Council, and taught the AARP Driver Safety class. Wally advocates for others with low vision encouraging them to find available resources, and says volunteering does as much for him as it does for others.

Sally Granados, Volunteer Connection honoree, serves as an Apple Dumpling volunteer who helps cook and serve food for our events, as well as teaching cake decorating and Mexican cooking. Additionally, her gregarious personality helped her serve as a clerk in the Craft Carousel Gift Shop selling homemade gifts. Sally has volunteered since 2008 and has donated 764 hours.

Elva Wise, Volunteer Connection honoree, has served for 5 years and over 989 hours. Most Wednesday mornings, you’ll find Elva volunteering at the front desk to scan in the many fitness participants, answer phones, take registrations and welcome all. Elva also works with the Apple Dumpling Gang, who cook and serve meals for special events. Elva’s past experience in cleaning is greatly appreciated, and you know when Elva has worked an event, as the kitchen shines. Elva often stays after her shift making sure things are as clean as possible.

Linda Bean, Volunteer Connection honoree, served as a Crafty Senior volunteer making splendid items that were sold in our Gift Shop and donated to various charities. Linda worked tirelessly from home, as well as attending the weekly group. She also substituted as the coordinator of Mahjongg. From 2007 until 2012 Linda donated 2004 hours to our Center. Although Linda has moved out of state, we are proud to recognize her contributions.

Last but not least, a big thanks to Crafty Seniors and Craft Carousel volunteers who donated $6000 to Apex Park and Recreation District toward the purchase and installation of the new digital marquee sign. This has already brought a big increase in walk-in visitors who noticed the sign messages and stopped in to see what the CRC is all about. We appreciate the time and talent these two groups gave to benefit this project. For 30 years the Crafty Seniors and Craft Carousel have provided funding for many projects and events to enhance the Center and help its participants.