Jackson County Parks + Rec has nearly 600 registered volunteers, and in 2014 the more than 43,000 volunteers hours they donated saved the county nearly half a million dollars.
The county expressed its gratitude to all those volunteers during its annual volunteer awards dinner Thursday evening at the Stoney Creek Hotel and Conference Center in Independence.
"There is no job description that could possibly be adequate to describe the jobs that you do…or the skills that are needed to do what you do," said Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders.
"Honestly, when you have folks who love doing something so much that they give their personal time to do it with no expectation of a paycheck, you know that you’ve got some special people to thank."
Parks + Rec's Linda Goin (above on the left), a museum interpreter, presented the Historic Service Award to Genie Simmons of the Missouri Town Ladies Sewing Group. Genie was honored for leading her group in making a quilt that was sold as a fundraiser for the Friends of Missouri Town 1855. If Genie is not sewing, she can be found interpreting or weaving on the loom in one of Missouri Town's structures or at the Parks + Rec Sheep Shearing, Children’s Day or A Christmas Celebration events.
Operations Service AwardThe Youth Volunteer Corps
Natural Resource Service AwardMarvin Lackamp
Natural Resource Youth Service AwardOwen Bahner
Missouri Town 1855 Historic Service AwardGenie Simmons
Golf Course Service AwardDave Willets
Outdoor Education AwardBarbara Van Vleck
Special Populations Service AwardIrvin Jones
Fort Osage Historic Service AwardsGail Lundeen and Jim Roberts
Partner AwardCumulus Radio
Partner AwardMonica's School of Dance
Outstanding Service AwardThe Tim Lunceford Family