YMCA honored 4 volunteers at the AFP (Association of Fundraising Professionals) Rockford Area Chapter "Honor Your Own" Volunteer Recognition Breakfast. Volunteers are the life blood of our YMCA and without them, we would not be able to do the work in the community that so many rely on. Each volunteer was recognized with a short paragraph that was read during the ceremony.
Lawrence Taber, Northeast Family YMCA
Lawrence is the definition of a volunteer. His dedication and effort has exceeded all expectations. Lawrence is in his third year as co-chair of the Northeast Family YMCA’s Advisory Council; helps at numerous YMCA events; and volunteers with our youth as a mentor. Whether Lawrence is serving youth at church, on the basketball court, or through the YMCA, his outstanding efforts are noticed. We are proud to have Lawrence as a part of the YMCA and thank him for his dedication in everything he does.
Teslyn Armstrong, Camp Winnebago
Camp Winnebago is full of unique sights, but there is one face that does not change. That face belongs to Teslyn Armstrong, one of Camp Winnebago’s finest Apprentice Counselors, and our AC of the Summer. Teslyn was selected because of her voracious appetite for improving her skills, her uninterrupted support of her peers, and a zest for life that has yet to be reached by even the smartest of adults. Tes, we thank you for your sweat, time, and happiness over the summers. Camp Winnebago couldn’t do it without you.
Laurence Pearlman, Youth Achievement YMCA
Larry is the epitome of servant leadership. As a member of the Advisory Council for the Youth Achievement Branch of the YMCA, as well as the Chair of the Program Committee, Larry has been a supportive and instrumental part of the successes our programs enjoy He spends countless hours raising dollars for the YMCA and advocates for our families and young people. Larry fully understands and promotes the “why” behind the Y.
Keith Akre, I.D. Pennock Family YMCA
Keith Akre has served on the I.D. Pennock Family YMC’s Advisory Board for over 3 years. He is now the chair of the CAC and the branch’s annual fundraising campaign. His heart for the mission is obvious and he demonstrates a level of commitment that is rare to find. During his time at I.D. Pennock, he has helped plan the branch’s 50th anniversary, has planned fundraising events, and has provided stability to the leadership.