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Posted on: May 2, 2018

Three outstanding volunteers recognized by Eagle View Adult Center

2018 EVAC Red Sweater Volunteers

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! 

Dolly Garcia

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 are reading. 

 

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!

 

Chris Fretter

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

 

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 month.


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