Roy Stevenson, of Doolittle, was honored by Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) for volunteer efforts at the MRPC annual dinner held in Hermann on Nov. 8.
Each year, MRPC honors residents of the Meramec region who give to their communities by volunteering their time, talents and support.
This year, Stevenson was one of 12 individuals to receive an award from MRPC for his contributions to his community.
Stevenson is very active in the Newburg Community Revitalization Project Group (NCRPG) and the Little Piney Community Partnership. Through these organizations he organizes mud runs and music show fundraisers to benefit the Little Piney Community Park and other community projects.
He and his wife, Pat Stevenson, often use their business resources to donate food and other items to community events and fundraisers.
In addition to his commitment to bettering the community of Newburg, Stevenson has served on the Doolittle Board of Alderman for eight years.
“Roy is an energetic worker and a great driver for our community,” Doolittle Mayor Paul Smith said.
Smith nominated Stevenson for the award. Award recipients must be nominated by an MRPC board member and then selected by the MRPC external relations committee.
Also at the dinner, Rolla’s Volunteers in Police Services (VIPS) was selected for the Outstanding Volunteer Organization Award.
VIPS was nominated by Rolla City Administrator John Butz and Rolla Police Chief Mark Kearse.
VIPS is a group of community volunteers who provide support services to the Rolla Police Department. These volunteers assist RPD by taking on routine patrols such as vacation house checks, patrols of area parks and walking trails and afternoon school patrols.
By taking on these tasks, VIPS allows the city’s commissioned police officers to focus on more urgent needs and proactive, community policing.
VIPS volunteers also help to bridge the gap between the police force and the general citizen and assist with administrative duties at the police department. Currently, there are 17 active volunteers in the VIPS program.
Additionally, MRPC presented its highest honor, its annual Eugene E. Northern Award, to a volunteer who demonstrated lifelong community service.
Paul Corbett, of Waynesville, was honored with the award named after Northern, a former Rolla mayor, who also was a Missouri circuit judge that was dedicated to his community and went beyond the call of duty.
Other area individuals who were honored at the dinner included:
• Jimmy Zumwalt, of Belle, nominated by Maries County Presiding Commissioner Ray Schwartze and Maries County Clerk Rhonda Brewer;
• Ronnie Layman, of Crocker, nominated by Crocker Mayor James Morgan;
• Tim Berrier, of Waynesville, nominated by Waynesville Mayor Luge Hardman;
• Macie Kinsey, a Belle youth, nominated by Maries County Presiding Commissioner Ray Schwartze and Maries County Clerk Rhonda Brewer; and
Page 2 of 2 - • Dallas Ernst, a Waynesville youth, nominated by Waynesville Mayor Luge Hardman.
In addition, four MRPC staff members were honored with service awards in which they were recognized for five years of service with MRPC: Kris Copenhaver, Amy McMillen and Teri Smith, all of St. James, and Lisa Warnke, of Rolla.
Tammy Rigsby, of Newburg, senior housing coordinator for the Phelps County PHA, was honored as MRPC’s Employee of the Year for 2012, a selection made by MRPC staff.
Rigsby has been a part of the MRPC family for 22 years. She coordinates the Housing Choice Voucher program for Dent, Gasconade and Maries counties.
She processes housing assistance payments to landlords, utility companies and other agencies and is known to carry out these tasks with the utmost of care and retains a positive, professional attitude.
Also, Meramec Regional Development Corp., the loan board that works in partnership with MRPC, presented its Lender of the Year award to Phelps County Bank. MRDC Chairman Tom Klebba presented the award to David Connell, of Phelps County Bank. This is the second time Phelps County Bank has received this award.