The Distinguished Service Awards celebrated community volunteers in Lebanon at an awards dinner on March 10. The Samaritan Center was filled to see the winners receive the recognition.
The awards included a portion where various nonprofits got the chance to honor its volunteer of the year. This led variety of service clubs, government entities and business to honor him for a lifetime of service to the Lebanon Community.
McDaniel has served the Lebanon community in so many ways that he is deserving the recognition of a Lebanon lifetime achievement award.
Now is a fitting time to highlight Stacey Holeman, who didn't win an service award, but instead will be inducted into the Bud & Dorothy Page Hall of fame on April 11. A few years ago Holeman decided she and her husband would sponsor one child in Guatemala to further his or her education. Although they could only afford to sponsor one child, that didn't stop them from raising enough money to sponsor 11 students in that first year.
Her efforts are impressive as she got the ball rolling from a simple task of donating money to one child into what is now the nonprofit Beca Project that has about 70 recipients of scholarships from various people. It's even more impressive that all of Holeman's fundraising efforts have been done through grassroots word-of-mouth efforts.
Back to the DSAs, we were especially impressed by the inaugural winner of the volunteer coach of the year Nick Brooks.
As a youth coach, Brooks doesn't measure success in wins and losses, but how many kids have fun and want to play the next year. This will help kids establish fundamentals so that when the wins and losses are the measure of success they will have the skills to succeed.
Brooks also was the Boys & Girls Club Volunteer of the Year as Well.
Brooks decided that the basketballs the kids were using weren't up to par. So he went out and bought two dozen Wilson Evolution balls. Money out if his own pocket, and those basketballs certainly weren't cheap.
Rachel Kittson-MaQatish won Lebanon woman of the year.
Kittson-MaQatish is a Sweet Home resident who went on to be recognized as that city's First Citizen later in the week.
It's always a nice touch in Lebanon to see people get some recognition for their efforts. We're impressed with all of the winners. They all deserve the recognition. We're sure there are many unsung heroes throughout the Lebanon area who haven't received the spotlight . . . yet. If there are let us know about them and we may just profile his or her efforts for the paper.