Congratulations to the 2015 Spirit of Community Award winners.
Each year, we recognize outstanding volunteers in our community. Some are individuals who deliver meals to the housebound or take a neighbor to church. Others are part of a group that tackles a specific project – such as Kiwanis or Rotary. Still others are businesses, like Giant Eagle, which we have honored in the past.
There many kinds of volunteers from elementary children to older adults and the Spirit of Community Banquet is designed to recognize them all for their selfless contributions to our town.
This year, we singled out 10 people for the Spirit of Community award during the banquet on Jan.20. These outstanding volunteers included Lillian Anderson, Loni Flagner, Arlene Lehtinen and Gail Tierney, who helped to found the Active Senior Network, putting together programs and activities for seniors and organizing the Active Senior Network Room at the Berea Recreation Center.
Darleen Gooslin and Linda Joy volunteer with the Active Senior Network, escorting the quarterly bus trips and making sure the seniors safely board and depart the bus and enjoy their visits.
Joann Boggs is the driving force behind Hanson House, a non-profit that offers support to those with traumatic brain injury and their families.
Lori Hanson founded the Berea Community Learning Farm. She works with the City of Berea and the Berea City School District to turn the former site of Riveredge School into an urban farm.
Chris Scott began Boys2Men Ministries to offer guidance and male role models to young men. They volunteer throughout the community and at the same time build character and instill a sense of responsibility.
The Spirit of Community Award was presented posthumously to Nick Sarris, who passed away in 2013. Nick’s life was dedicated to service. He volunteered at a variety of places, including Southwest General’s Hospice and St. Innocent Orthodox Church. He was one of Berea’s biggest boosters.
Read more about the Spirit of Community in the February issue of The Berean or by clicking on the link below.
Spirit of Community 2015.pdf