9/28/2013 12:27:00 AM Bonnie Myers honored for 35 years of RSVP service
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Retired Senior Volunteer Program workers honored with long-term certificates Wednesday at a recognition banquet were: front, from left, all recognized for 10 years of volunteer service: Mildred Grant, Betty McQueen, Irene Conyers, Ruth King, Arlene Franklin and Ralph Franklin. Back, from left, Charles Brookshire, five years; John Paul, 10 years; Bonnie Myers, 35 years; June Vanbuskirk, 10 years; Beverly Potts, 10 years; Virginia Johnson, 10 years, Mary Jean Cannon, 10 years; Elizabeth Mastin, five years and Ruth Searcy, five years.
For Bonnie Myers of New Castle, what she likes most about volunteering comes down to one thing: the people.
"I just enjoy the people ..." she said when asked about her 35 years of service with the Retired Senior Volunteer Program. Myers was recognized with a specially-inscribed afghan in honor of her extensive community service. The presentation was made during the RSVP recognition luncheon Wednesday at Raintree Center.
RSVP Coordinator Cindy Alexander said that Myers' work includes in the hospital gift shop and making flowers for the gift shop as well. "She's done a little bit of everything," Alexander said. The amount of service provided by the 148 volunteers include 28,000 hours of service at 28 stations in one year alone.
ICAP Executive Director Kevin Polivick said that the senior population is one of the fastest growing, including 10,000 people a day turning 65. He said that to be active in the senior years helps on both mental and physical levels of life.
"This group is indeed an active group," he said.
Mayor Greg York said that volunteers like those at the banquet are what make New Castle special. "We have loving, caring, compassionate people," he said.
One of those active volunteers is Beverly Potts of New Castle. She was recognized for 10 years of service and volunteers in the Henry County Hospital sewing room, gift shop at the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame and in the library. She said "New Castle was always good to me and I like to give back."
Her friend Wanda West of Losantville also volunteers in the hospital sewing room and enjoys it. There, she likes to quilt and reconnect with friends.
Norella Wilson of New Castle enjoys making quilts that can be used in time of disaster. She volunteers in the hospital sewing room as well. "It gives me something to do; someplace to go," says Wilson.
Entertaining for the luncheon was Paul White of Anderson who presented movie-theme music in keeping with the theme of The Academy Awards.