Volunteers help make Lansing special
In the United States, it is no secret that nonprofit organizations contribute millions of volunteer hours valued at billions of dollars. Now that’s a lot of volunteering.
Our own Lansing is no slacker in having volunteers and as far as I know is the only city around here that has an annual recognition dinner to honor the city’s volunteers as well as its city employees. This year was the 17th such dinner and the 15th for recognizing the Volunteer of the Year. Lansing’s Pride committee does the selection from the many names submitted.
Starting in 1996, The Pride Volunteers of the Year have been, Gene Young, Rick Dodson, Verlin Tompkins, Rick Huhn, John Bennett, Vickie Sperl, Kenneth Bernard, Ernest “Pete” Peterson, Michael Neve, Dale Bohannon, Kevin Gardner, Jamie Miller, Francis and Eva Wayman, Leonard and Linda Lockwood and this year’s recipient, Bernd Ingram. Bernd is on the Parks and Recreation Board and gives his time to many organizations but mainly now with the Parks and Recreation Department.
This year’s Employee of the Year is Sunshine Petrone, city clerk
That is just one of the things that make Lansing great. We have untold numbers involved in each of these committees: the Board of Zoning Appeals, Board of Zoning, Convention and Tourism Committee, Economic Development Committee. Media Advisory Board, Tree Board, Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, Community Library Board, Museum Board, Lansing Correctional Facility, Leavenworth County Fire District #1, Lansing Police Reserve Officers, Planning Commission, Lansing Unified School District 469.
Lansing also boasts having a good mayor for over 20 years. This has allowed the different council members over the years to make good decisions under his leadership and plain old common sense.
Even with all the volunteers we have, there is always a need for more. I am amazed at the number of people who retire and say they are bored and have nothing to do. To me, working with groups, going to meetings, meeting new friends is what keeps us “young” and active.