Each spring during National Volunteer Week the county recognizes volunteers for service during the previous year. Departments nominate volunteers from county programs, and a selection committee reviews and scores the nominations.
JUDGE REX HARTLEY VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR AWARD
The late Rex Hartley served as a county judge and commissioner for Marion County from 1951-66. Judge Hartley was dedicated to involving citizens in the development of the county. The volunteer receiving the Judge Rex Hartley award is given an engraved plaque, and his or her name is added to the perpetual plaque displayed in the commissioners’ reception area.
Roger Williamson, Emergency Preparedness
MARY PEARMINE OUTSTANDING VOLUNTEER GROUP AWARD
This award is in honor of the late Mary Pearmine who served as commissioner for Marion County from 1991- 98. In addition to being the first woman commissioner, she was also a champion of volunteers and volunteer groups. This award is intended for those county affiliated groups with membership that consists of volunteers.
Dog Services Volunteer Outreach Group
DIVISION OR PROGRAM AWARD
This award honors volunteers who display dedication and exemplary accomplishments within a program or division. Volunteers in this category are honored for their contribution not only to the county and community but also to their division or program.
Wasi Khan, Community Services
ADVISORY BOARD VOLUNTEER AWARD
Marion County has a variety of advisory boards that make recommendations to the Board of Commissioners. Volunteers from the community are appointed to serve on these boards. Nearly one hundred and fifty people contribute many hours meeting, discussing and reviewing issues to make informed recommendations to the commissioners.
George Grabenhorst, Public Works Planning Commission
This award honors volunteer accomplishments of young people 24 years and under in county programs and departments. Youth who volunteer in leadership roles, on advisory boards, with special projects, and in programs for the county are eligible for this award.
Not Pictured - Brianna Luna, Marion County Cadet Program