April 14, 2017
Volunteers are an integral part of our community, and we honored 16 of Lenexa’s best volunteers last week during our annual Volunteer Recognition Dinner. This event is a yearly dinner honoring residents who serve on the volunteer boards and commissions in the city (Arts Council, Board of Code Appeals, Parks & Recreation Board and Planning Commission/Board of Zoning Appeals), as well as volunteers who have gone above and beyond in their service during the past year.
Volunteer Hall of Fame
This year, we inducted three people into the Volunteer Hall of Fame. These individuals have served the community for five or more years and were chosen by Mayor Mike Boehm among nominations received.
Bill was nominated for the Lenexa 2016 Volunteer Hall of Fame by the Lenexa Municipal Court staff. He began volunteering with the Police Department in 2011. He donates his time in all aspects of Police Department operations. In the past, he has helped by assisting the training unit, conducting traffic monitoring of high-complaint areas and working special events for the city.
Bill most recently donates his time conducting Municipal Court warrant research, searching computer databases to locate telephone numbers and addresses of outstanding warrant suspects. He also assists the Police Department Public Service Officers with fingerprinting, helps Municipal Court with court hosing and participates in the annual city street light inspection program.
Gerald “Jerry” Carden was nominated by his niece, Cindy Harmison. Jerry leads a small group of volunteer handymen who work on projects for different organizations, and his group is currently working to rehabilitate a thrift store. Jerry’s volunteer efforts span a variety of organizations and causes, but his primary work has been with Hillcrest Transitional Housing and Veronica’s Voice. He also volunteers for organizations focusing on substance abuse recovery and anti-poverty efforts, helps out at the Salem Lutheran Church food pantry and serves holiday meals at City Union Mission.
Bill was nominated by the Lenexa Communications Division staff. His work as a volunteer photographer has been invaluable to this team as they work to promote our events and programs. He is often one of the first volunteer photographers to sign up and take photos at each of our festivals, and he provides great quality photos that really capture the events’ spirit. Bill also gives back to the community in a number of other ways – he is a Johnson County Extension Master Gardener and helps in the K-State Research Center Backyard Garden, the Garden Gallery Demonstration Garden and the Overland Park Arboretum Monet Garden. He is also involved in the Scheel’s Sports Stores’ community involvement program, performs a variety of volunteer work for Christ Lutheran Church and is a Johnson County Elections Office poll worker during election season.
We also honored several volunteers who hit volunteer milestones of serving the city for 250, 500 and 1,000 lifetime hours. Those volunteers include:
Charity Becker, 250 lifetime hours, Municipal Court
Jeff Shurtz, 1,000 lifetime hours, Municipal Court
Todd Crow, 500 lifetime hours, Parks & Recreation
Carol Davis, 500 lifetime hours, Parks & Recreation
Sue Wohlfarth, 250 lifetime hours, Parks & Recreation
John Benson, 250 lifetime hours, Police Department
Randy Dunford, 500 lifetime hours, Police Department
Brian Hammer, 250 lifetime hours, Police Department
Susan Hetherington, 250 lifetime hours, Police Department
Wayne Kutz, 1,000 lifetime hours, Police Department
David “L-J” Lewis-Jones, 500 lifetime hours, Police Department
Bev Schuepbach, 1,000 lifetime hours, Police Department
Patsy Stuke, 250 lifetime hours, Police Department
If you would like to volunteer with the city, we have a variety of opportunities available. Simply sign up for the opportunity you’re interested in at Lenexa.com/volunteer.
(Pictured above is Mayor Mike Boehm, center, with Volunteer Hall of Fame inductees Jerry Carden, left, and Bill Harrison, right. They were honored at a Lenexa City Council meeting earlier this month. Not pictured is Bill Capstack, who will be honored at a City Council meeting in May.)
Posted on 04/14/2017