Clallam County Community Service Award winners honored for work on area’s quality of life

Clallam County Community Service Award winners honored for work on area’s quality of life
Posted on 05/02/2016
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From the Peninsula Daily News, by Rob Ollikainen
Photo by Keith Thorpe, Peninsula Daily News

Port Angeles, Wash. - Six everyday heros were honored for working behind the scenes to improve the quality of the life in Clallam County.

Volunteers Rita Berson, Cheryl Bowers, Angela Gooding, D. Mike Phillips and Dr. Gene and Norma Turner were recognized with Clallam County Community Service Awards on Thursday night.

“I’m sort of speechless, and that doesn’t often happen, does it?” quipped Berson, Friends of Port Angeles Library bookstore manager.

The annual awards, begun by the Peninsula Daily News and now co-sponsored by Soroptimist International of Port Angeles-Noon Club, honor community volunteers “who have made a difference in Clallam County, who have made our communities a better place by doing extraordinary things for their neighbors, their community or the environment.”

The recipients were chosen for their longevity of service, the number of people affected by their deeds, their time commitment and for making a “lasting contribution to the quality of the life in our community,” said Cherie Kidd, Port Angeles deputy mayor, Soroptimist noon club member and Community Service Awards program chair.

“These everyday people have found ways to serve others and give back to their communities, often with very few resources and very little recognition along the way, because quite frankly, that’s not why they do it,” said Terry R. Ward, Sound Publishing west regional publisher and event facilitator.

“They do it to make a difference.”

Read more here about Stevens Middle School teacher Angie Gooding and toher recipeints.

Reporter Rob Ollikainen can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 56450, or at rollikainen@peninsuladailynews.com.