MASON CITY – Two new members have joined the Advisory Council of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of North Central Iowa, completing the 16-member Council.
Karen Dole of Mason City was a North Iowa Area Community College librarian for 33 years and also worked in public, elementary and high school libraries. She serves on the Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors and is an active Habitat ReStore volunteer. Karen joined RSVP in 2013 and has been a Reading Buddy at Roosevelt and has had Pen Pals in Mason City and West Hancock schools. In her free time, Karen enjoys reading, cooking, computers and solving Sudoku and word games.
Carol Johnson of Mason City worked for American Greeting Cards and the College Connections Bookstore. She has volunteered at the Mercy Hospital Gift Shop and plays in the New Horizons Band and her church bell choir. Carol has been a Pen Pal to students at Roosevelt Elementary and Lincoln Intermediate Schools.
Larry Hill of Thompson will again serve as the chair for the RSVP Advisory Council and Bob Perry of Northwood was elected as the vice-chair.
The council provides feedback to RSVP staff in order to help shape the experience and meet the needs of individuals participating in RSVP’s programs. Its primary purpose is to monitor and review program development and assessment. Members study matters related to RSVP, make suggestions concerning the functions of the program, and provide support to the program as it serves volunteers, partner agencies and communities in its four-county service area.
RSVP of North Central Iowa is sponsored by North Iowa Area Community College and meets quarterly on the NIACC campus. Molly Anderegg is the director.