Twenty-four gleaming silver bowls were lined up across the front of the White Community Memorial Chapel on Capitol Hill Tuesday. Attorney General Paul Van Dam presented the Silver Bowl Awards during the 1989 Utah Carnation Volunteer Awards ceremony.
With Governor Norm Bangerter designating the week of April 9-15 as "Volunteer Week," the Silver Bowl Awards fittingly began the week. Bangerter urged " . . . all Utah citizens to recognize the valuable work done by volunteers, to participate in appropriate observances and to assume their duty as citizens . . . by becoming involved in their community as volunteers."Presenters of the awards, which are donated by the Carnation Co., were Jeano Campanaro, Utah State Department of Social Services volunteer coordinator; Lorri Hirst, director of the Utah County Volunteer Center, Provo; Sue Pendleton, director of the Volunteer Center, Logan; Leann PoVey-Jackson, director of the Weber County Volunteer Center, Ogden; and Rita Inoway, director of the Volunteer Center, Salt Lake City.
Typical of the spirit of voluntarism commemorated by the awards is the work of Dorothy Olsen, Brigham City. Beginning her volunteer career 34 years ago, Olsen served as a ground observer for the U.S. Defense Command. She helped start the first Halloween Festival for children and an all-night graduation party for the seniors of Box Elder High School. She was elected president of the Golden Spike Club and is a member of the Bear River Association of the Council on Aging.
While president of the Civic Club, Olsen sewed 20 basketball jerseys for boys who could not play on the school or church teams and were going to play on a city league. Olsen was PTA president for South Box Elder and president of the Business and Professional Woman's Club. In addition to other business positions she held, Olsen was president of the local Eagles Auxiliary and secretary for the State Eagles Auxiliary.
Also active in her church, Olsen is co-chairman of the Old Folks Committee in her ward and is a board member of the AARP.
After suffering a stroke and two heart attacks following knee surgery, she bounced back and has given more than 1,300 hours in service at Brigham City Community Hospital where she is president of the volunteer auxiliary.
Another exceptional volunteer is Ellen Richardson, Salt Lake City. Despite a busy career as vice president of human resources at Bonneville Media Communications, Richardson saw the need to help AFDC mothers and displaced homemakers become trained and self-sufficient. She began the Single Parent Economic Independence Demonstration project (SPEID). As an active board member, she provided goods and services to the program and has traveled throughout the state encouraging businesses to support the project.
George W. Simmons, Provo, shares his skill as a craftsman with his community. Volunteering at Mountain View High School as a wood-working teacher, Simmons instructed more than 4,000 people in the art of blacksmithing and drew the plans for the Eldred Senior Citizen Center in Provo. He was president of the Sons of the Utah Pioneers and the Aging Board of the Provo City Council.
The American Red Cross and the Multiple Sclerosis Society both nominated Wilmer "Bud" Perry for his volunteer work. Perry spends much time visiting shut-ins stricken with multiple sclerosis and helps widows in his neighborhood with yard work. Perry does the books and cost accounting for the Red Cross and helps with its newsletter as well as working with the Carrier Alert program, which checks on elderly people whose mail is not picked up from their mailbox.
Irene Sweeney is a major force behind the good works at the St. Vincent De Paul's Resource Committee. When a fire devastated the thrift store and soup kitchen, Sweeney helped recruit, organize and train volunteers so that not one meal was missed. Her devotion and caring have fed many homeless and needy people.
When Alma and Helen Terry retired from the Granite School District in Salt Lake City, they found an active life of voluntarism in Enterprise that encompasses 20,000 hours. The commodities program, Meals on Wheels and senior programs are all functioning well since the Terrys came to town. Helen Terry cooks and serves meals at the Senior Center, and Alma can be counted on to drive the bus and shovel walks.
Other volunteers honored for their countless hours of service were: Joan C. Bowden, Logan; Jane Tolman, Provo; Michael Ballam, Logan; the Current Topics Club, Vernal; Janice Bullock, Salt Lake City; Robert Askerlund, Salt Lake City; Ruth Ellen Peterson, Ogden; Gerald Gibson, Clearfield, and Lanny Monson, Provo.
Also awarded Silver Bowl Awards were: Sandra Wilson Bickmore, Smithfield; William Timmins, Salt Lake City; Gloria J. Myers, Ogden; Erma Bird, Springville; Douglas S. Kearl, Hyrum; the Grantsville Self Esteem Team, Grantsville; The Junior League of Salt Lake City; LeRoy Behling, Ogden, and The Roosevelt Women's Service League, Roosevelt.