Center honors its special volunteers

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Cassville Senior Center volunteers and board members honored Carol Fazzini and Lucille Williams with the Center's Volunteer of the Year award on Oct. 1.

Fazzini, who volunteers in the senior center kitchen, and Williams, who has quilted at the facility for several years, were selected by their fellow volunteers for the honor.

"Both of these ladies are absolute jewels," said Linda Parker, Cassville Senior Center administrator. "They have volunteered at the senior center over nine years each and both of them spend numerous hours at the center each week."

Volunteer of the year honorees are chosen for demonstrating longevity and outstanding service at the local senior center, said Parker.

"Carol volunteers anytime we need someone in the kitchen," said Parker. "She has probably worked over 1,200 hours each year.

"Lucille also does various jobs at the senior center," said Parker. "She has probably quilted many miles here."

Over the last nine years, both women have made a large impact on the local facility, said Parker.

"They are both just the most beautiful ladies in the world," said Parker. "They are so deserving of this honor. They give a lot of themselves to the center. I have enormous respect for them both."

Each year, volunteers serve thousands of hours at the Cassville Senior Center. These volunteer services save the center over $30,000 in costs annually.

In order to honor all of the Cassville Senior Center's volunteers, a Volunteer Appreciation Dinner is held each year. Although Fazzini and Williams were unable to attend this year's honorary event, another award was announced on the special night.

"Margaret Jump and Vida Finch received the Happy Heart award," said Parker. "This is a newly created award."

This year, when volunteers selected the Volunteer of the Year honorees they suggested another award be established to honor Jump and Finch, who completed two spectacular murals at the facility over the last year.

"Our volunteers had great feelings for Margaret and Vida for creating the mural that recognized a lot of our members who have passed away and the veterans wall," said Parker. "They have made a lot of happy hearts."

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