A volunteer appreciation tea was held to honor all those volunteers who donate their time to help residents at Pleasant View, Brandt Ridge and Prairie View.
The spring appreciation tea is an annual event, but was postponed last week after the area was hit with a snow storm. Still, many volunteers were able to make the meeting on Monday, April 29, at Pleasant View in St. James.
Among the honorees were the five years of service pin winners. These individuals were honored with a pin to commemorate their five years of service at Pleasant View, Brandt Ridge and Prairie View. The five year service members recognized were Harlan Yates, Joan Engstrom, Gerry Engstrom, Vera Lentsch, Don Fastenau and Clarice Fastenau.
Gaining her ten years of service pin was Judy Menson – indicating that she has been a volunteer for the past ten years at Good Samaritan in St. James.
Poems were read by residents of Pleasant View before the 30 and 35 years of service gifts were given. Elaine Jorgenson received an imprinted light-blue bible for giving 30 years of service to the organization, while Jean Bruton received a special clock for her 35 years of service.
Recognized as volunteer of the year was Carol Todnem. Her name will be etched on a plaque with the past award winners and she will also receive a book for her service to Pleasant View, Brandt Ridge and Prairie View.
Individuals were also recognized for more than 100 hours of service at Good Samaritan. Among those people recognized were Lorraine Munsterman, Ardis Petterson, LuAnn Rasmussen, Cheryl Steffen, Arnie Anderson and Lois Thompson. The 43 volunteers at Pleasant View donated more than 2,000 hours during 2012.
Volunteer activities include bingo, cooking, washing dishes, volunteering at the annual bazaar, playing music and more. Staff of Pleasant View Good Samaritan in St. James wanted to thank all of the volunteers who give of themselves to make the residence experience a great experience. Volunteers were described as exceptional people with extraordinary hearts.