Saturday, Sept. 8 was the first annual Volunteer Appreciation Potluck and Awards Ceremony presented by NFRIA-WSERC Conservation Center. It was fittingly held outdoors at the Paonia River Park which has been the site of many volunteer efforts.
Just in 2012, volunteers have given over 3,000 hours of service. Among those who were honored were Claudia Henshall, Martha Grewal, Marilyn Zarley and Paula Harper.
Also honored was Anna Santo, an OSM/VISTA volunteer who is moving on to other environmental endeavors. Her last day with the Conservation Center is Sept. 21.
"I really admire every single person here," Santo said. "It's been so special to have friends with such diverse experiences, all ages, all backgrounds. That's something I've never had before . . . It's really helped me grow."
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