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Manchester to Celebrate Local Volunteers at Annual Event on November 8th

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This Friday, November 8th, the Annual Manchester Volunteer Recognition Banquet & Community Resource Center Fundraiser will be held for the 26th year. The event, sponsored by Chelsea Community  Hospital, takes place at the Woodlands Dining Room beginning with appetizers at 6:15pm, dinner and awards at 7:15pm, and an interactive Manchester-themed Clue game played throughout the evening.

Mystery Themed silent auction basket.

Mystery Themed silent auction basket.

Picks & Sticks String Band will entertain the crowd with their mixture of folk, swing, jazz, bluegrass, oldies, and ethnic tunes while guests mingle, dine and bid on the 40 silent auction
items donated by local artists, area businesses and individuals.

The Volunteer Recognition banquet is also the Community Resource Center’s major annual fundraiser, bringing in nearly $10,000 to support the programs and services provided to Manchester area residents by the CRC. A few dinner reservations are still available by calling the Community Resource Center at 734-428-7722.

This year 18 different Manchester organizations have nominated the following 20 individual volunteers for recognition:

Teresa Benedict, 20th Century Club

Carl Buss, Manchester Mens Club

Shawn Edwards, Manchester Middle School PTSA

Susan Fielder, Manchester Downtown Development Authority

Alan Hanewald, Manchester HS Athletic Boosters

Ray Kemner, Emanuel United Church of Christ

Sue Knasiak, Manchester Lions Club

Monica Kominars, Manchester Co-op Preschool

Patti McCabe, Kiwanis of Manchester

Kent Miller, Manchester Cub Scout Pack 421

Bonnie Mitchell, Bethel United Church of Christ

Stacy & Kayla Oberleiter, Community Resource Center

Karl Racenis, Manchester Area Chamber of Commerce

Bob Rhees, Manchester Mens Club

Aileen Rohwer, Riverfolk Music & Arts Organization

Ryan Stautz, Manchester Community Schools

Dawn Steele, Manchester Area Friends

Ruth Van Bogelen, Manchester Civic Club

Karen Villarreal, Klager PTO

Overnight Stay in a Civil War Era Cabin silent auction item.

Overnight Stay in a Civil War Era Cabin silent auction item.

Once again, four special awards will be announced at the event and presented to the most deserving of these nominees: the Service to Youth Award, the Star Award, the Commitment to Community Award, and the Claire Reck Volunteer of the Year Award.
Who was Claire Reck (1903-1988)

Born in Iowa and moving to Manchester in 1941. Wife and mother of two girls. Manchester’s “one woman social service agency”. To quote from the Manchester Enterprise, Thursday, April 28 1977, on the occasion of the Liberty Bell Award:

“Ever interested in the whole person, Claire has been associated with the Manchester Library Board since 1943 and the Washtenaw County Library Board since its inception in 1962. She has been on the Board of the Washtenaw County Historical Society for three years.

Antique Tea Set silent auction item.

Antique Tea Set silent auction item.

Working through and with charitable agencies Claire has for 45 years worked with the Red Cross Blood program, United Way (previously Community Chest) for 23 years and on the United Way of Michigan Budget Committee since 1967.  Working, altruistic and unpaid, Claire served on the Advisory Council for Juvenile Court and as a member of Project 74. She gave wholly of her time and energy to families in need, whatever the specific need may be. Capable of executive responsibility, she also saw to the personal needs of every individual however humble the task might be.

A member of the Manchester United Methodist Church as well as a member of the Manchester American Legion Auxiliary Unit 117, she has been closely involved with the Manchester Family Service as well as the Senior Citizens Council. Also nationally affiliated with the 4-H program where Claire funds a National 4-H Scholarship. Inspirational to community leaders, dependable, and confidential, Claire commands respect, high performance, and real affection from all who have known or worked with her, and to our certain knowledge, has commanded the same response from those she has helped.”

Who better to be an example for her community? Who better to remember?

To receive the Claire Reck Community Volunteer Service Award is a true honor.

Past Claire Reck Award winners:

1988 Claire Reck

1989 Evangeline (TV) Ludwick

1990 Pat Sahakian

1991 Ron Mann and Mary Kallewaard

1992 Howard Parr

1993 Bill Schwab

1994 Carl Werner

1995 Rubena Boelter

1996 Anita Tyler

1997 Frank Tomko

1998 Ted Tapping

1999 Mary Blossom

2000 Ronald Driessche

2001 Evelyn & Webb Seegert

2002 James Mann

2003 Pat Smith

2004 Bill & Peg Chizmar and Susan Gistinger

2005 Virginia Fielder

2006 Marion Ahrens

2007 Donna Clark and Carl & Sharon Curtis

2008 Polly Brokaw

2009 John Korican, Sr.

2010 Monty Okey

2011 Betty Cummings

2012 David Little

Michigan Four Seasons Gardening Basket silent auction item.

Michigan Four Seasons Gardening Basket silent auction item.

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