Mo. Veterans Home recognizes volunteers

Thursday, April 19, 2007
The 2006 Volunteers of the Year at the Missouri Veterans Home in Cape Girardeau were, pictured from left, Johnny Schlenker, John Powers and Clinton Gerler. Charles P. Hutson, the fourth volunteer of the year, was unavailable for the photo. (Submitted photo)

More than 150 volunteers who served during 2006, contributing more than 21,000 hours at the Cape Girardeau Missouri Veterans Home, were recognized at the annual volunteer appreciation night recently.

Total volunteer hours served at the state operated facility since its opening in 1990 is 378,073, as of December.

Criteria for selection of the four volunteers of the year, Clinton Gerler, Charles P. Hutson, Johnny Schlener and John Powers, included outstanding service on a long and continuous basis, a significant number of hours, performance of essential duties and good representation of the home.

Volunteers trained in the International Stephen Ministry visitation program made more than 1,000 personal visits. Other assistance to residents included delivering ice, operating the canteen, delivering mail, helping with bingo sessions or activities, service on the Golf Tournament Committee or Foundation Board.

Volunteers are awarded a pin and 100-hour bar for each 100-hour milestone of volunteer service.

Two volunteers, the late Euil Trickey and Barbara Yallaly, exceeded the 10,000-hour milestone.

The VFW Ladies Auxiliary Department of Missouri home representative since 1999, Jewell Lincecum donated 4,671 hours; Dorothy Points, home representative of the Missouri State Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, donated 428 hours.

Other volunteers included:

* Serving 6,928 to 5,037 hours: Vergie Templeton, Louis Birkman Jr., Naomi McClard and Frieda Howard.

* Serving 4,671 to 2,059 hours: Dorothy Klein, Lillian Birkman, Betty G. Cato, Doyle Mouser, Bob McLemore, Al Mason, Jim Foster, Mildred Foster, Don Adams and Gary Estes.

* Serving 1,912 to 1,004 hours: Jim Harnes, Fern Shultz, Fern Schlimme, Neal Edwards, Charles P. Hutson, Lois Woodford, Jon "Doc" Yallaly, Betty Hahs, Margaret Kracke, Pete Rhodes, Gladys Lawrence, Johnny Schlenker, Clinton Gerler, Glenneta Vogelsang, John Powers, Charles Shultz, Charlotte Hecht, Jim Englehart, Caryn Michel, Paul Bell and Betty J. Myer.

* Serving 974 to 613 hours: Barbara Slinkard, Eddie Schreiner, Robert Landgraf, Marie Brantley, Lee Flor., Myrna Powers, Bill Harris, Harold Moore, Brenda Turner, A.J. Seyer, Doyle Schwitz, Doris Meier, Dale Wolfenkoehler, Carolyn Schreiner, Gil Clements, Gladys Siebert, Dorothy Siebert, Buddy Parrish, Louie Organ, Stan Popp, Roy Rhodes, Ruth Strack Hunze and Pat Renard.

* Serving 589 to 401 hours: Melvin Eggiman, Marjorie Grindstaff, Sharon Snell, Betty E. Cato, Bonnie Smith, Ray Drury, Bob Williams, Evelyn Ritche, David Crader, Bill Engleman, Michael Lindner, Lucille Frederick, Steve Francis and Ron Bollinger.

* Serving 371 to 216 hours: Wayne Maupin, Willa Stanford, Jimmy Whitaker, Vivian Harris, Marsha Parrish, Leonard Adams, Edna Wolfenkoehler, Marie Hinkebein, Jerome Lindner, Dwight Barker, Lee Crites, Jane Henrichsen, Juanita Cook, Almaretta Rhodes and Lee Fulbright.

* Serving 192 to 100 hours: Bessie Tucker, Norman Tucker, Ralph Barks, Darlene Fluegge, Toni Wilburn, Troy Wilburn, Walt Wilburn, Shirley Reeves, Jo Ann Leadbetter, Jo Ann Toler, Ruby Tuschhoff, Sloan Tuschhoff, Bonny Conway, Charles Travers, Bill Lynn, Byron Fluegge, Ralph Ebersole, Alice Heckrote, Carolyn Myer, Inez Masterson, Beulah Beussink, Richard Decker, Nancy Prince and Reba Strayhorn.

Six resident volunteers are part of the volunteer corps. They serve as officers on the resident council helping set up activities, assisting with spiritual programs, planting and in other ways. They are Hugh LeDure, Bill Walker, Charles Clippard, Walter Vinyard, Lillian Burgfeld and Betty Williams.

335-6611, extension 133

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