The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


June 13, 2013

Giving spirit

The Governor’s Service Awards honor individuals, families and organizations that exemplify outstanding dedication to volunteerism and community service in West Virginia.

Our area once again will be well-represented with many recipients that will be recognized during a banquet in Charleston on Aug. 7 during Volunteer West Virginia’s annual Faces of Leadership Conference.

Beckley’s own Nancy Kissinger is one of only two recipients in the Adult category in the state. The local Chase Bank president is involved as a volunteer in a wide variety of charitable organizations and community services.

Carpenter’s Corner, a Beckley-based food kitchen ministry, the Upper Big Branch Miners Memorial Group in Boone County, and Alderson Ministerial Association in Greenbrier County will receive awards in the Organization category.

Gloria Martin of Lewisburg, a volunteer with the Family Refuge Center, will be honored in the Senior category.

Pamela and James McPeak of Monroe County will be recognized in the Family division.

There have been countless others from our region that have won these awards down through the years, and all remain very important to our communities.

It’s truly inspiring to be among such giving people and organizations as we are in southern West Virginia.

Giving is just in our make-up.

It’s in our DNA.

It’s who we are.

Our people are always very giving, ready to step up when needed.

To be recognized on the state-wide level, is quite an honor. So we, too, salute those who are being awarded for their actions in their communities.

While it’s never the intent of a volunteer to receive acclaim, it is important for us to shine a spotlight on their work — to share the good things that are happening in our state.

These volunteers are a reflection of who we are as West Virginians.

And what a beautiful reflection it is.

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