On Thursday, October 8, Meals on Wheels of Greater Springfield held its annual volunteer recognition banquet at the VFW in Springfield.
With the theme of our volunteers are the Apples of our Eyes, the VFW was delightfully decorated, and 100 volunteers were in attendance. A delicious roast pork dinner was generously donated by the VFW Club. Wait staff for the evening included Senior Center Advisory Board members, and Senior of the Year, and Honor Roll members, led by Terri Emerson, Senior Center Director.
Many door prizes and gifts, all of which were donated by area businesses and agencies, were handed out by Sue Levine, Meals on Wheels Program Coordinator. A lively performance by the Firehouse Six was the featured entertainment. This talented musical group captured full attention of the audience, and were so wonderful to donate their time for this event. A terrific time was had by all.
The guest speaker was Vermont State House of Representatives member Kathy Pellet of Chester. She stressed the importance of the Meals on Wheels program, and the volunteer effort it takes to make it successful. She assured these dedicated volunteers that they help make the program work so well because of their commitment, loyalty, and consistency every day. The volunteers make such a positive impact on the lives of those they serve. Also praised was the hardworking Meals on Wheels staff. They do a fabulous job.
Many thanks go to the following businesses, agencies, and individuals for their munificent donations for the event: Baba-A-Louis Bakery, Black River Produce, Bryant Credit Union, Chester True Value, Chittenden Bank, Christina Tetrault, Christopher Fauver DDS, Citizens Bank, Coffee Reserves, The Current (CRT), Curtis Lindamood CPA, Fitz Vogt, Green Mountain.Coffee, Green Mountain RSVP & Volunteer Center, Heritage Deli, Hugging Bear Inn, Jack's Diner, Jiffy Mart Chester, Conn. River Bank, Lawrence and Wheeler, Lisai's Chester Market, Merchant's Bank, Newsbank, Pepsi Beverage Co., Springfield Hospital, Springfield Pharmacy, Springfield Savings & Loan, Stone Village Farmer's Market, Sunshine Acres Nursery, TD bank, Tina's Hallmark, Vermont Country Store, Vermont T's, VFW Post Springfield, Wellwood Orchards, Young's Furniture & Appliance, and Young's Propane.