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2019 Claude Hess Distinguished Service Award Recipients Named

April 19, 2019
Categories: Our Community

Congratulations to Carolyn Nowlin and the late Pres Nowlin, recipients of this year's Claude Hess Distinguished Service Award. This couple was nominated by five different VMRC employees from five different areas of campus so it's evident that their impact on the VMRC community stretches across the entire campus.

As one nomination form read, "This couple certainly has service in their nature, if not in their genes. These volunteers reach out to others in a way that doesn’t make one feel like they are doing “for” you, but instead, are doing “with” you. They serve others regardless of age, status, ethnicity or other labels frequently attributed to “others”.

This couple's volunteer endeavors have included helping escort residents in wheelchairs to and from on and off campus programs, volunteering as a Grandbig at Waterman Elementary, helping in the Main Street Cafè as a Hospitality Host, serving on resident councils, supporting the VMRC Christmas gift fund, assisting with VMRC Foundation fundraising initiatives and escorting residents to and from Shining Cuts salon appointments.

Thank you for giving of your time and talents and touching so many lives at VMRC.

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“For us, volunteering gives us the opportunity to meet people from all areas of the VMRC campus and has broadened our perspective and understanding of the community we now call ‘home’.”

- Carter and Mary Ellen Lyons