Pennyrile Allied Community Services (PACS), which oversees RSVP, held a luncheon on May 1 to recognize volunteers from the four counties the program serves, which are Trigg, Hopkins, Muhlenberg and Christian counties. The event is held every fourth year, Cadiz Mayor Lyn Bailey said in one of his speeches to the gathering.
The room in the convention center was decorated with balloons and pictures of old movie stars, with the word, “Hollywood” as a backdrop to fit the theme, “Honoring Our Star Volunteers.”
PACS-RSVP Advisory Council Member Juanita Oates opened the ceremony by talking about the joy that comes from volunteering time and how important those volunteers are.
“You are superstars and you are appreciated,” she said.
Lake Barkley Park Manager John Rittenhouse could not be present for medical reasons, but Assistant Park Manager Ron Syndor welcomed the volunteers. He said that for every 10 hours of volunteer time, they could a free night’s stay for their group and two nights stay with 25 hours of service.
Trigg County Judge Executive Stan Humphries said that since taking office he had become acquainted with John Tedder, Executive Director of PACS. He thanked him for his service and introduced a few guests of honor. He said that last year, the local RSVP program received Gov. Ernie Fletcher’s recognition as one of the best RSVP programs in the state. Humphries said it was the only program in the state with more than 100,000 volunteers, with a current count of 101,370. He also noted that Trigg County’s numbers were very impressive, with 124 volunteers working 14,833 hours last year.
“Trigg County is knocking on the door of some of the larger counties,” he said.
Humphries also noted that if it weren’t for the hard work of these volunteers, the cities and counties would have to spend much more money to pay for those hours of work. After stating this, Humphries looked at the considerable crowd on both ends of the room before closing the portion of the program for lunch.
“They never said the job of judge-executive was going to be easy, and now comes a critical decision,” he said. “How are we going to get through this line?”
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