This week we celebrate volunteers and business leaders whose extensive contributions have benefitted the Lebanon community. The recipients were honored for their efforts in the community during the Distinguished Service Awards banquet at the Boulder Falls Conference Center on March 8.
One common trait among all the recipients is they don’t participate in volunteer work for the recognition.
Most of the winners seemed genuinely surprised to learn that they had won, and in fact we had a little trouble getting a few of the winners to even pose alone for photos because they’re that humble. That humility they express shows that the right people were selected for the awards.
Woman of the year Denise Downer can be seen around town helping out with the youth of the community as the leader of the Mayor’s Youth Council. She also helps out with church mission trips. She is motivated to help out with those organization to help empower the youth of our community.
Man of Bill Flesher can be seen around town quite often on signs promoting his real estate business, but we’ve never seen him volunteer at anything, yet the list of volunteer work he participates in is extensive. That’s because as a Meals on Wheels Driver his goal is to help the community, not for recognition.
This year’s Frankie Gray “Answer the Call” award went to Lebanon Association for Theatre Arts co-founder Terri Krebs. Krebs is often in the newspaper as we tend to report on the community plays LAFTA puts on. Krebs started a musical theater camp for second to eighth graders in 2010, which we also report on during the summer.
However, getting her name in the newspaper, isn’t why Krebs founded LAFTA, and keeps on hosting community theater productions and kids camps. It’s because she truly wants to help the community have plays, and to teach kids musical theater.
There were several other winners for the awards, and all of them deserve it, whether they realize it or not.