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Garfield County Senior Volunteer Appreciation Awards

2019 Volunteer Appreciation Banquet
The 2019 Garfield County Volunteer Appreciation Banquet takes place on Saturday, May 4, at the Rifle Senior Center, 50 Ute Avenue, Rifle, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Please call (970) 665-0041 for banquet and Traveler reservations by Monday, April 22.

 senior award winners

The annual Senior Awards honors the contributions of citizens who dedicate their time, effort, and love to help seniors in the community. Richard "Dick" Smith was named 2018 Senior Citizen of the Year; Kathy and Carl Vogt 2018 Couple of the Year; Dennis Sykes 2018 Friend of the Seniors, and Laura Goodwin 2018 Teacher of the Year.

2018 Senior Citizen of the Year
Richard “Dick” Smith (right) and his wife Helen moved to Battlement Mesa in 1995, and began volunteering at his church, Kiwanis, Mesa Vista Assisted Living, Valley Senior Center, the Area Agency on Aging Regional Advisory Council and the Garfield County Council on Aging (GCCOA). Dick took the lead in several projects, helping GCCOA to remain a valid organization, in which he has been the agency’s secretary/treasurer. He spends hours preparing the agency minutes and financial report, and filing the necessary documents with the state; he often doesn’t receive the recognition he deserves, when in fact he performs one of the most important jobs. It is volunteers like Dick that makes it possible for the rest of us to be effective as we advocate for the seniors.

2018 Friend of the Seniors
Dennis Sykes (center) volunteers every month at the Rifle Community Breakfast. He is always helpful and makes sure everyone gets enough food and eggs cooked the way they like them. He is a big part of the annual appreciation breakfast for the volunteers. He provides mimosas for everyone and custom cooks their eggs.  Our Sales and Can Committee does so much for our Senior Center and Traveler. Dennis is a huge help to the senior volunteers.  “He gives from the heart and loves being here to help and he loves his momma.” - Hilda

2018 Teacher of the Year
Laura Goodwin
(left) is a Tai Chi and Healthy Living Colorado instructor in the Well & Wise Program; an organ and piano player at the Rifle United Methodist Church; provides flu shots through Garfield County Public Health; and was a choir director at church in the past. We received nine letters of nomination from her Tai Chi students at the Silt firehouse on Wednesday after the lunch. Her class has grown from 10 to over 22 folks in her current class. She teaches with such gentleness, kindness, patience and humor, that all of us have been able to learn and benefit from what may have seemed quite foreign at first. We have improved strength, balance and reduced stress. She takes her own time to help others to be healthy, and has been dedicated to helping people in church and her in community. She is always willing to help others anyway she can.

2018 Couple of the Year
Carl and Kathy Vogt (not pictured) retired in 2012 and moved here from Minnesota to be by Carl’s father, Julian Vogt. Carl called Patty Daniels at RSVP and asked to volunteer for the tax program. This is a rarity as most folks don’t like to do their own taxes yet alone prepare taxes for hundreds of other people.  He is very kind, and patient with clients and always has a sense of humor (a must need as he does taxes 2-3 days a week).  He also does the quality reviews for the other five tax volunteers. RSVP averages 400 returns a year. Kathy agreed to do the scheduling for the tax program at the RSVP office in CMC in Glenwood Springs five days a week, at the Rifle Library twice a week, once a week at Grand Valley Recreation center and tax day in Craig and Eagle.  They also both spend countless hours volunteering in other RSVP programs and other organizations. Carl is an RSVP Medicare Counseling and works in the Healing Hands Program.  Kathy volunteers at Defiance Thrift Store, Colorado Animal Rescue, Alpine Legal Services and Sunnyside Retirement Center.  Together they volunteered over 3,000 Lifetime hours.   Kathy and Carl show selfless acts of kindness and compassion every day.

Other nominees:

Friend of the Seniors
Barbara Peterson
serves Garfield County by teaching Matter of Balance and ‘N Balance exercise classes, serving lunches, and teaching the Cooking Matters and Shopping Matters classes, too. She is always pleasant and kind, fulfills her duties, and takes time for conversation.

Senior Citizen of the Year
Carolyn Seiffert works at the Chat n’ Chew meal site, Valley View Hospital knitting group, and the Glenwood Baptist Church making meals for members. She provides transportation, walks dogs, offers her computer skills, adopts seniors, and acts as a chauffeur for many needs. Carolyn moved here to be near her children, and has adopted many seniors, offering sight-seeing trips, shopping, lunch and laughter to those who can’t drive. She has a warm and witty personality, and her welcoming demeanor makes friends instantly; she has brought many smiles to many faces.

Deborah Robertson brings a senior to Silt senior lunch each week, and has helped others in the neighborhood whenever she sees a need. She is a caregiver to those in need.

Nancy Heiliger is one of the Rifle Senior Center special volunteers. She works the registration desk for lunches is always making sure the books are in balance. She knows almost every senior by name and makes sure they have a place to sit. She and her sisters are always making sure holiday lunches are special, by providing treats, cake, and decorations to make our dining room special - and their hats are amazing.  Nancy is a dedicated and very kind-hearted person. She also makes her lunch table fun, by bringing silly gifts, such as homemade bibs, for those who sit with her. She takes care of her friends and is giving of her time. She brings joy to those around her. 

Joe Erickson serves the senior meal every Monday in New Castle, and volunteers with the New Castle Historical Society; the River Center lunch on Wednesdays; the Silt Historical Park; and the New Castle Library. He is always nice, polite and dependable. 

Bobbie Barker works as a volunteer for both Sunnyside and Chat ‘n Chew senior meal site programs. She is trained in numerous positions, including front desk, plate prep, meal service and cleanup. Bobbie is always helping neighbors, whether it be by picking up mail at the post office, prescriptions at Downtown Drugs or groceries at City Market. If anyone needs help, Bobby is always there. She is kind, loving, and generously giving. She is like the calm within the storm and we all love her.

Senior Program awards winners 2018
Richard "Dick" Smith - Senior Citizen of the Year
Dennis Sykes - Friend of the Seniors
Laura Goodwin - Teacher of the Year
Carl and Kathy Vogt - Couple of the Year

Senior Program awards winners 2017
Sunny Dunn Linn - Senior Citizen of the Year
Sharon Harper - Friend of the Seniors award
Chelsea Carnoali Parkison - Friend of the Seniors Under Duress

Senior Program awards winners 2016
Socorro Flores - Friend of the Seniors award
Debra Newland - Senior of the Year

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