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Posted on: April 17, 2015

Parks + Rec Honors Volunteers

Park Volunteers

Jackson County Parks + Rec has nearly 600 registered volunteers, and in 2014 the more than 43,000 volunteers hours they donated saved the county nearly half a million dollars.

The county expressed its gratitude to all those volunteers during its annual volunteer awards dinner Thursday evening at the Stoney Creek Hotel and Conference Center in Independence.

"There is no job description that could possibly be adequate to describe the jobs that you do…or the skills that are needed to do what you do," said Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders.

"Honestly, when you have folks who love doing something so much that they give their personal time to do it with no expectation of a paycheck, you know that you’ve got some special people to thank."

Parks + Rec's Linda Goin (above on the left), a museum interpreter, presented the Historic Service Award to Genie Simmons of the Missouri Town Ladies Sewing Group. Genie was honored for leading her group in making a quilt that was sold as a fundraiser for the Friends of Missouri Town 1855. If Genie is not sewing, she can be found interpreting or weaving on the loom in one of Missouri Town's structures or at the Parks + Rec Sheep Shearing, Children’s Day or A Christmas Celebration events.


Operations Service Award
The Youth Volunteer Corps

Natural Resource Service AwardMarvin Lackamp

Natural Resource Youth Service Award
Owen Bahner

Missouri Town 1855 Historic Service AwardGenie Simmons

Golf Course Service Award
Dave Willets

Outdoor Education AwardBarbara Van Vleck

Special Populations Service Award
Irvin Jones

Fort Osage Historic Service AwardsGail Lundeen and Jim Roberts

Partner Award
Cumulus Radio

Partner AwardMonica's School of Dance

Outstanding Service Award
The Tim Lunceford Family

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