The Town of Oro Valley recognized the male and female Volunteer of the Year, during a special event at the El Conquistador Turquoise Ballroom, last week.

Oro Valley Mayor Satish Hiremath recognized Jill Rosenbaum as the 2011 Woman Volunteer of the Year saying she, “Has been referred to as the heart and soul of the Police Department’s CVAP program.”

Don Cox was named the 2011 Male Volunteer of the Year, and Oro Valley Vice Mayor Mary Snider said, “He has been an integral part of this community for over a decade.”

More than 260 volunteers who represent The Town of Oro Valley were recognized at the special event.

These volunteers donated more than 35 thousand hours of time this year, providing essential services to the Town and its residents.

Hiremath opened the ceremony with words of praise for the volunteers.

“Thank you for your commitment to making our town a great town,” he said. “Your efforts make Oro Valley an extraordinary place to live, and you represent the extraordinary people who live here.”

Hiremath and Snider co-hosted the event, during which they acknowledged the efforts of 10 volunteers who had been nominated by members of the community, as well as staff, to receive the 2011 Man and Woman Volunteers of the Year award.

“Tonight we recognize 10 individuals who were nominated for this honor,” said Hiremath. “They exemplify the true spirit of volunteerism by going above and beyond the call of duty.”

Hiremath and Snider called each nominated individual to the stage to receive a certificate and take a photo, while giving a brief background about their specific involvements within the community.

This years nominees were, Jack Chittum for logging more than 1,300 hours with the Oro Valley Police Department Citizen Volunteer Assistance Program; Don Cox for his involvement on the Planning and Zoning Commission, as well as organizing Dispose-A-Meds events; Helen Dankwerth for working endless hours at the Oro Valley Library; Paul Francom for logging more than 750 hours in the CVAP program; Bill Fry for his program at the Oro Valley Library called “Great Literature of All Times”; Dave Powell for serving on the Water Utility Commission since 2005; Albert Price, who is the current President of the CVAP program, and has accrued more than 1,700 hours of service; Jill Rosenbaum for her involvements with CVAP, specifically, for keeping this volunteer program operational; Joyce Rychener who designed and planted the Native American Heritage Garden at Steam Pump Ranch; and John Scheuring who serves on the Parks and Recreation Board and is committed to preserving and enhancing Town parks, open space, and environmentally sensitive land.

From these 10 individuals, one man and one woman were selected for special recognition by a selection panel. The selection panel included last year’s recipients of the award, Bob Milkey and Mary Caswell, President of the Northern Pima County Chamber of Commerce Dave Perry, and staff members Attorney Tobin Rose, and Communications Administrator Misti Nowak.

Before the ceremony, Rosenbaum said, “I’m really honored because all the volunteers of Oro Valley do such an amazing job. To be further recognized within this group is really an honor.”

Cox shared a similar reaction.

“I’m amazed that I was chosen,” he said. “This is an extraordinary group of people, and the volunteerism in Oro Valley is an extremely unique thing about this community. Especially when you look at the number of hours and the variety of tasks, multiplied by the number of people who are so dedicated.”

The event included a catered dinner, and live entertainment by the University of Arizona Jazz Quartet.

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