Each year the Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) honors residents of the Meramec region who give to their communities by volunteering their time, talents and support.
This year, volunteers, including several youth and a community organization, will be honored at the 2013 MRPC annual dinner celebration Thursday, Nov. 14, at the YMCA Trout Lodge in Potosi.
Those to be recognized by MRPC for community contributions and volunteer efforts include:
• South Central Regional Veterans Group, nominated by Rolla City Administrator John Butz;
• David D. Hoffman Jr. of Richwoods, nominated by Washington County Presiding Commissioner Marvin Wright;
• Larry Sensintaffer of Salem, nominated by Dent County Presiding Commissioner Darrell Skiles;
• Matt Sirois, a Salem youth, also nominated by Skiles;
• Lesa Mizell of Cuba, Mo., nominated by Crawford County Presiding Commissioner Leo Sanders;
• Katie George, a Bourbon youth, also nominated by Sanders;
• Warren Malugen of Potosi, nominated by Potosi Mayor T.R. Dudley;
• Carolyn Isgriggs, of Bourbon, nominated by MRPC at-large member representing the unemployed, Mary Heywood;
• Jay Horton of Irondale, nominated by Irondale Mayor Doris Keim;
• Kelly Johnston Howley of Waynesville, nominated by Waynesville Mayor Luge Hardman;
• Justin Smith of Crocker, nominated by Crocker Mayor James Morgan;
• Vernon “Sonny” and Robin Helton of Brinktown, nominated by Maries County Presiding Commissioner Ray Schwartze.
• Hunter Wyss, a Vienna youth, also nominated by Schwartze;
• Arlen and Kaye Schwinke of Morrison, nominated by MRPC at-large member representing education, Dr. Donald Claycomb;
• James Politte of Potosi, nominated by Washington County Presiding Commissioner Marvin Wright; and
• Callie Ellis, a Belle youth, nominated by Belle Mayor Steve Vogt.
The Eugene E. Northern award, the highest honor given by MRPC for volunteerism and community service, will be announced at the annual dinner.
The public is invited to attend the event. Washington County is serving as host for the event and sponsoring a reception held prior to the dinner.
The reception begins at 5:30 p.m. and will include a silent auction and exhibits. The annual dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a program and awards presentation to follow.
The cost of the event is $25, and reservations may be made by calling MRPC at 573-265-2993. The deadline for reservations is Tuesday, Oct. 29.