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By Gainesville Daily Register Staff Reports
Lake Kiowa residents Clenton “Butch” and Pat Streeter received the Spirit of Service award for Cooke County from the Texoma Council of Governments at the organization’s annual recognition banquet for volunteers with the Texoma Retired Senior and Volunteer Program.
The Streeters, who volunteer at North Texas Medical Center, along with other RSVP volunteers contributed 93,919 hours of service in the region last year, according to a press release from TCOG. Eric M. Bridges, executive director of TCOG, formally commended the efforts of volunteers and spoke about the importance of volunteerism at the May 2 banquet.
“Our communities are very fortunate to have seniors who continue to give of themselves through their time and effort to help support our community outreach programs,” Bridges said. “Their commitment to serve others is priceless.”
Spirit of Service awards for the three participating counties — Cooke, Grayson and Fannin — were presented by each county’s RSVP Advisory Council chair. The award recipients were nominated for their dedication and contributions.
Senior volunteers apply their skills and the wisdom they have acquired throughout their lives to help make a difference in the lives of others. Volunteers have the flexibility of choosing short- or long-term projects for as long as they are able to serve.
The RSVP was established nationally in 1971 and became active in Texoma in 1987. Texoma RSVP currently consists of 622 volunteers and 58 volunteer host stations including crisis centers, hospitals, food pantries, meal deliveries and other community facilities throughout the Texoma region.