Oro Valley has crowned two residents as volunteers of the year.


Doug McKee and Marlene Anderson are the 2009 honorees. The town has given the award for the past three years.


Both recipients will be recognized at an invitation-only event scheduled for Dec. 10. The event is an opportunity for the town to thank all of those who volunteer on boards, commissions and committees.




Doug McKee


McKee moved to Oro Valley in 1996 and became involved with the community almost immediately.


He had a 40-year career with General Electric, where he held numerous positions, from engineering to business planning to accounting.


"I've been a long-range planner all my life, that's what I did in business," McKee said.


McKee worked on the town's general plan as a member of a steering committee, and was involved in Arroyo Grande discussions. He also served on the Planning and Zoning Commission for over four years, with one year as chairman.


More recently, McKee was chairman of the Library Review Committee. From February to June 2009 the group studied the library and its operations. McKee and the other members spent hours researching library issues before completing a report presented to the town council.


"I have made a bigger contribution here than anywhere else," McKee said.


He also cites his work on Arroyo Grande as one of the most fulfilling jobs he's done.


He and his wife, Janice, have three grown children who are "scattered around the country." In his spare time, he likes to play golf, watch the stock market and study economic issues.




Marlene Anderson


Marlene and her husband, Bill, moved to Oro Valley in 1992 from San Jose, Calif. Anderson worked as a registered nurse for more than 40 years.


Shortly after moving to the town, Anderson and her husband joined the Sun City Posse, a neighborhood watch program in Sun City Vistoso.


In 1997, Anderson joined the town's first Citizen Volunteer Assistance Program class offered by the Oro Valley Police Department.


"We are the last ones standing from that first class," Marlene said.


With more than 2,700 volunteer hours to date, Anderson has been instrumental in developing every subsequent CVAP program. She has participated in all the programs, including patrol, finger printing, You Are Not Alone, dark house and her favorite, McGruff the Crime Dog.


"I absolutely love McGruff," she said.


Anderson also volunteers answering phones at the Oro Valley police substation in Rancho Vistoso. She has assisted with numerous police and town events, including El Tour de Tucson and the Investigate OVPD Safety Fair.


"I enjoy working with the police officers, they are wonderful," Anderson said.


Marlene has been married for 53 years and has a son, daughter and four grandchildren.



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