On Friday, April 27, the Eagle View Adult Center held
its annual volunteer recognition event and announced its 2018 Red Sweater Award
winners. The outstanding volunteers and Red Sweater Award recipients are Dolly
Garcia, Chris Fretter and Gayle Shibao.
Every year since 1996, three volunteers have received this prestigious award.
Volunteer nominations are submitted by other volunteers at the center and three
are selected to receive the award by a committee of past awardees. Those
selected are not told in advance that they will be receiving the award so it comes
as a complete surprise!
The year was 2008 and there was a
request to start a Readers Theatre group.
Dolly Garcia was active with the Platte Valley Players and amazingly
enough, had experience with Readers Theatre and a great program began.
Dolly prepares scripts and adapts them
to the number of people signed up each month.
She never knows in advance if you are going to have six people sign up
or three. It doesn’t faze Dolly what so
ever, she just rolls with it! She serves
as the director and coaches the participants to get their best out of what they
One of the nominees wrote, “She
enthusiastically encourages and develops talent in the participants.” Another
said, “I have had the opportunity to watch what Dolly has done with her
performers. They are well prepared and
present a play that is fun and enjoyable. Every play I have seen brings
laughter and memories of times that we have had in our younger years or current
things happening today.”
Finally another wrote, “Dolly is such a
great person. She has been so faithful
to the arts in general. But as a person
who dearly loves to bring out the actor in all of us, she is just wonderful.”
The Eagle View Adult Center hosts at
least ten plays each year so she has really gone above and beyond to keep this
program going. Dolly directs with enthusiasm that is contagious. The performers all look like they are
enjoying entertaining because Dolly makes it so fun!
Driving the vans for trips at the Eagle
View Adult Center carries a lot of responsibility. Not only are the drivers responsible for
getting participants safely to their destination, but they are also responsible
for making sure that they bring everyone back!
Chris Fretter takes these
responsibilities very seriously. He has
been a part of the Eagle View driving team since 2008. He has driven thousands of miles and has
always done it with a smile. Chris is
courteous to all who participate. He is
professional, safe and always on the alert.
Chris is not shy. He is willing
to speak up and make suggestions for improvements. He always comes early, has reviewed the
itinerary and is ready to drive. He is
willing to pick up passengers in Brighton before the trip departs and takes
them home again after trips return to the Center. Chris has also taken the responsibility of
filling the vans with gasoline every other month.
One nominee said this about Chris, “He
is kind and thoughtful with the seniors and treats them with respect.” Another wrote that “He has a delightful sense
of humor.” “Chris is a good driver and
is concerned about the wellbeing and safety of all his passengers.” Chris also
helps with the Friday Bridge and special projects as they arise.
Gayle Shibao has been a familiar face around
Eagle View Adult Center since 2013.
She’s here, she’s there, and she’s everywhere! You need help, just
ask. If she’s available, she says “YES!”
She has one of the warmest smiles you’ll
find at the Center. She is patient,
kind, careful and hardworking. One nomination read, “She is very active at
Eagle View. She doesn’t hesitate to
volunteer wherever need. She goes the
extra mile.” Another said, “She walks in with a big smile and gives a hug. She immediately arranges the kitchen for
serving as well as cleaning.”
Gayle loves to work in the kitchen. She works every Monday and Wednesday at
lunch. The center serves between 30-60
people each day and she just takes charge – doing prep work, getting others
involved and always sure to follow the guidelines established by VOA. She also works most special events and Friday
Feasts. She respects everyone and what
they do in order to make events successful.
She also helps coordinate the bake sales.
Gayle volunteers as a receptionist in
the Wellness Clinic. This volunteer duty
involves checking in, accepting payment, completing forms and scheduling
appointments. She requires little
supervision and is always there.
Gayle is a
delight to have at our center. She
welcomes all and makes everyone feel good!
Volunteers perform a wide variety of jobs around EVAC and in our community. In
2017, 155 people volunteered 8,456 hours of their time. EVAC uses an average of 86 volunteers each