Club honors two outstanding volunteers

Springfield Southeast Rotary Club honored our Volunteer of the Year and gave a Lend A Hand Award on June 23, 2022.

The Volunteer of the Year award is our club's highest honor and is given for exceptional volunteerism that a Rotarian provides to organizations outside our club projects.  This year's award went to Judy Bilyeu for her many contributions of time, talent and treasures.  The award was presented by Cindy Howell and Barbara Lucks, who are members of the Volunteer Committee chaired by Tammy Mast, with additional members Dan Emrie, Doug Nickell, Anne Soots, and Carol DeHaven.

Judy has shown a particular passion and commitment for helping those among
the most vulnerable in our community who seek the most basic of services. This commitment is evidenced by her long-term leadership roles as a board member and as president of The Kitchen Foundation Board and of the Children’s Foundation of Mid-America’s Regional Girls Shelter, both in Springfield. Through her service to these and other organizations, our community and those served by these organizations have received the benefits of these much-needed services.

The Lend A Hand Award is given periodically to a club member who gives extraordinary time and energy to Springfield Southeast Rotary's projects, operations and/or commitments to serving the community and world.  This award went to Jeff Cumley for his above-and-beyond help with Miracle Field and K-Park projects. Lori Barnes Miller presented Jeff with the award.

The Volunteer of the Year Award has been presented since 1999. Previous
recipients are:
  • 2021 Mark Walker
  • 2020 No Award
  • 2019 Mark McNay
  • 2018 Charlie O’Reilly
  • 2017 Angela Smith
  • 2016 Irwin Cohen
  • 2015 Doug Nickell
  • 2014 Steve Rice
  • 2013 Gordon Elliott
  • 2012 Kirk Elmquist
  • 2011 Dennis Whaley
  • 2010 Gerry Lee
  • 2009 Rick Hughlett
  • 2008 Gary Deaver
  • 2007 Bob Hammerschmidt
  • 2006 Doug Pitt
  • 2005 Anne Brown
  • 2004 Todd Parnell
  • 2003 Joy Lamberson Klock
  • 2002 Steve Scott
  • 2001 Barbara Lucks
  • 2000 Mac McCartney
  • 1999 Bill Reser

(Photos by Dan Emrie)

Rotary Volunteer of the Year Award Nomination Form