Warrior Country volunteers recognized at luncheon
October 19, 2009
RED CLOUD GARRISON - A special group of Soldiers and Family members within the Area 1 community were recognized for their outstanding volunteer services they provided at a Volunteer Recognition Luncheon Sept. 30 at the USAG-Casey Warrior's Club.The luncheon features a complimentary lunch buffet, a guest speaker and an awards presentation.
"It means a lot to be recognized for my efforts because my wife and I both volunteer. When my wife started volunteering I saw how much fun she was having and she was learning a lot too," said Sgt. Joseph Richburg, 70th Brigade Support Battalion food operations sergeant, a volunteer who gives cooking classes for wives and cooks a variety of meals for them as well in his off duty time.
Col. Larry 'Pepper' Jackson, USAG-RC commander, introduced the guest speaker, JoAnn Golden, an Army spouse married to Brig. Gen. Walter M. Golden, 2nd Infantry Division assistant division commander for maneuver. Jackson provided a brief biography on Golden, a New York native with a physical therapy license and a mother of four. She has volunteered in different capacities and organizations such as a nurse's aide, various religious education programs, the American Red Cross, and walked 52 miles in two days in support of the Wounded Warrior program.
"These collected experiences epitomize true value worth in the constant need for educated and commune volunteers, and as we continue to make changes within Area 1 there is nothing more urgent, nothing more necessary and nothing more special than to have a gifted teacher , mentor and role model with us this morning," Jackson said.
Golden began her speech with a small poem titled "You Never Know," by Helen Marshall. This small poem Golden says inspired her to volunteer, which was the main message in her speech on how the little things a person can do within their community will make a big difference, and how if one person volunteers their positive actions will motivate and have many followers doing the same thing.
"The one thing I want you to take away from me today is those three words 'You Never Know,'" Golden said. "My children's volunteer experience gained values including trustworthiness, commitment, kindness and reverence, values I know you, today's volunteers have too. You know, just as we knew, if your families lived and participated in community activities that all could volunteer in some small way to keep the programs alive.
"For me volunteering became an avenue to meet people, gain experience, share a part of myself and feel contentment for being able to ease the work load. I congratulate you for the strength of your commitment, and the time you have invested in our communities. Thank you for what you do every day. When you volunteer remember you are making a difference because you chose to volunteer. Everyone is affected by the time you have spent with them or the service you have provided for them. You represent something special about the Army. You are our Army volunteers, you stepped up and raised your hand and using your voice you have encouraged change."
After Golden's speech Jackson presented a certificate of appreciation to the volunteers accompanied by Maj. Gen. John W. Morgan III 2nd Infantry Division commander, who concluded the ceremony with remarks.
"Area 1 and the 2nd Infantry Division is truly a great place for Soldiers and Families to live and it's occurring because of tremendous people just like yourselves," Morgan said, applauding the volunteers for their service; Charles Lyons, Army Community Services, and Denise James, Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation, for coordinating a successful luncheon. "I want to thank you for taking the time out of your very busy schedules to come here and acknowledge the volunteers for what it is they do in our community. The very simple opportunity and time you take to be here just to say thank you is important. I thank you for the thought you gave into this day for wanting to recognize Soldiers and Families."