From a field of close to 300 volunteers who donate about 35,000 hours of volunteer time annually, the Town of Oro Valley this recognized 13 nominees as finalists for Volunteer of the Year.
At its annual Volunteer Appreciation Reception earlier this month, the Town named Lois Nagy and George Royer as this year’s Man and Woman Volunteers of the Year. The Explorer is also recognizing Nagy and Royer for their selflessness by selecting them as this month’s Helping Hand volunteers.
Nagy first began volunteering as a member of the Citizen’s Advisory Committee for Planning and Zoning in 1976, and is currently the President of the Oro Valley Historical Society, and is one of the appointed members of the Town’s Historical Preservation Commission.
“Lois has impressed me with her dedication, desire and love of our community and her willingness to step forward and do whatever is necessary to assure the Town’s success,” wrote former Oro Valley Mayor Paul Loomis in his nomination letter.
“I’m very honored, and very humbled by this,” said Nagy. “I was very surprised. I’m thrilled to see how the Town has matured and progressed into Oro Valley. Oro Valley isn’t like other communities, and that’s why people move here. I enjoy giving back to the community. This has been a good place to live and bring up a family. In retirement, this is my way of saying thank you to the Town. Volunteering is nothing new to Oro Valley. It has always been more or less of a tradition.”
Royer has been volunteering with the Oro Valley Police Department’s Citizen Volunteer Assistance Program since 2003, and has accrued more than 4,800 hours of service. He has made significant contributions as the Director of Patrol and the Dark House Program, where citizens patrol the streets, checking the exterior of houses for broken windows or doors. Royer has trained a large number of those volunteers currently on patrol. He is also involved in the Town’s Dispose-A-Med program, Vehicle Identification Number etchings, and helping with car accidents.
“George works hard to make this program a success by being a role model for all of us,” wrote Sgt. Amy Graham in her nomination letter.
“I was definitely surprised,” said Royer. “I was really grateful. I wanted to something to help out, and I didn’t want to just sit around. I got started volunteering during El Tour de Tucson when I saw a guy directing traffic, and I went and talked to him, and he explained how to get involved. I went up and got an application, and have continued to volunteer.”
The 13 nominees are as follows:
Arlene Applebaum Ozburn