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Volunteers recognized for their service to the community

This news story was published on November 17, 2011.
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Award winners Dennis Wilson, and Cliff Hagman with Mayor Eric Bookmeyer (center)

Award winners Dennis Wilson, and Cliff Hagman with Mayor Eric Bookmeyer (center)

MASON CITY – The 9th Annual Volunteer Recognition Award Banquet was held at the MacNider Art Museum Salsbury room on November 16, 2011. Nearly 40 volunteers were recognized for their work on behalf of the Volunteer Service Department on various projects including Adopt-A-Street, Adopt-A-Lot, Adopt-A-Section at Elmwood St. Joseph Cemetery, Beautification, Park Watch, Community Wide Clean Up Day, Friends of the 457 and other special projects including school partnerships, graffiti eradication, tree plantings and administrative assistance.

Dennis Wilson and Cliff Hagman were the recipients of this year’s Shining Star recognition. Wilson has contributed over 3300 hours to the Friends of the 457 projects since its inception. Hagman has contributed 1775 hours and is involved with the Friends of the 457 doing volunteer recruitment, tours, public relations and website and marketing efforts.

The 2011 Shining Star Team recognition was awarded to Poet Biorefining, Hanlontown for their involvement with a service project through the City Volunteer Program that painted the trestle on 13th Street NE.

The Shining Star Award is awarded to individuals and teams or businesses that contribute to the needs of the City. It’s through their efforts that others see the commitment and dedication they share with the community.

Wilson stated when he thinks of volunteerism he thinks of three things, “there is an army of volunteers in Mason City willing to contribute their time and talent, our city administration embraces volunteerism and it is apparent with the dedicated Volunteer Service Coordinator position that not every city has, and the Mason City business community gives so generously. Quoting local resident historian Art Fischbeck, Wilson said, “volunteerism is rent you pay for the space you take up.”

Kelly Hansen, General Manager with POET Biorefining – Hanlontown noted, “we did not expect this honor and it certainly is not why we volunteer but we certainly appreciate the award.” Hansen accepted the award along with POET representatives Paul Quintero and Paulette Rueter.

City council members were present to help celebrate the contributions volunteers make to the city organization. Mayor Eric Bookmeyer presented the award to POET Biorefinining at the annual volunteer luncheon. Brent Trout, city administrator, presented the individual awards.

Poet Biorefining Team and Mayor Bookmeyer

Poet Biorefining Team and Mayor Bookmeyer

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