The Religious Support Office honored the many volunteers, who “do all the things necessary” to help the installation put on religious activities week in and week out, during a luncheon Oct. 22 at the NCO Club.
“We are here to recognize those folks … who often work behind the scenes – the unsung heroes” who out of the kindness of their hearts volunteer, said the installation’s chaplain, Chaplain (Col.) Jimmy Nichols. “We can’t do this without you.”
Fort Jackson leadership as well as volunteers at the various religious activities across post joined with Chaplain (Col.) Monica Lawson, one of the first female African-American chaplain to reach the rank of colonel, to give the volunteers their heart-felt thanks.
“Those who are being recognized today as volunteers are extraordinary and exceptional,” Lawson said during her keynote address. “The over 30 people today have collectively given over 1,000 hours to promote and sustain the religious support mission here on Fort Jackson.”
Why do they volunteer? “They don’t do it for recognition,” Lawson added. “They do it out of the kindness of their hearts. Yes, that’s true, but as my grandmother used to say, ‘It doesn’t hurt people to say thank you.’”
“We thank you for your time, for your talent and thank you for your treasure,” Lawson said.
Those recognized are:
DANIEL CIRCLE CHAPEL
Rev. Diane Champaign
Daniel Circle Chapel Choir
MAIN POST CHAPEL (PROTESTANT)
Chaplain (Col.) Ray M. Myers
Retired Maj. Gen. Jeff Jacobs
Chaplain (Maj. Miller J. Eichelberger
Rev. Denise Hopkins
LATTER DAY SAINTS