Hats off to the more than 600 generous Euless residents whose volunteer service to the city last year tallied up to a whopping 1,350 hours valued at nearly $32,000. That’s a big savings on the city budget and a big win for residents reaping the benefits of all this work.
The city says “thank you” at an annual appreciation event where all volunteers for the city are recognized and a few special awards are handed out.
“I am continually amazed at our volunteers in Euless,” said Betsy Deck, assistant to the city manager and coordinator of the awards event. “They are the most dedicated group of people you’ve ever met. They give up their nights and weekends to help make Euless a great place to live.”
Named as 2015 Volunteers of the Year were Dale Turns and Joyce Turns for their work on the 6 Stones Community Powered Revitalization, or CPR, program.
“As homeowner liaisons for 6 Stones, Dale and Joyce meet with homeowners and assess their needs ... They are the face of Euless and CPR to the many people who apply for assistance,” said Deck.
Bloomfield Homes was awarded the Volunteer Business of the Year. Accepting the award were Bloomfield employees Don Dykstra, Tim Stewart and Barry Crowley. Deck said among the many contributions of the company was its partnership with 6 Stones on extreme home makeovers.
Donia Nasereddin, a ninth-grader at Euless Junior High, took home the honors for Youth Volunteer of the year for her dedicated work in a wide variety of library programs.
The Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to George Zahn for his nearly 30 years of service on both the parks board and the planning and zoning commission. Zahn’s impressive achievements as a volunteer for Boys Scouts was also hailed. “He always has a better community in mind with his actions and does not do anything for personal interest or gain,” Deck said.
The volunteers work in departments across the city including the library, police and fire, planning, parks and city administration. Deck says the enthusiasm of the group is contagious and makes sometimes unpleasant tasks fun.
“I have a group of volunteers from the Euless Citizen’s Police and Fire Academy Alumni that come out to Crud Day twice a year to help unload cars. We unload old paint cans, chemicals and used oil and laugh the entire time. They make a not-so-glamorous task so much fun,” Deck said.
Lions donation for child safety made in honor of fallen Euless officer
Continuing its commitment to serving the community, the Northeast Tarrant Lions Club made a nice donation to the Euless Police Department’s child safety seat program at its May meeting. The contribution went to the Inter-Agency Child Safety Seat Program in memory of Euless police officer David Hofer, who died in the line of duty March 1.
“This was a way to pay tribute to Officer Hofer and all the police officers throughout the H-E-B area and state of Texas for the duties they perform in protecting the citizens in the communities they serve,” said Lions Club President Pat Hannah. “The loss of an officer in the line of duty is a tragic occurrence and serves to remind us of the risks these individuals take each and every day.”
On hand to accept the donation was Cpl. James Gordon, president of the safety seat task force, Euless Police Chief Mike Brown and officers Michael Nafziger, Scott Gilley and Robert Provost.
The task force, composed of officers from several agencies, conducts child safety seat checkup events in Euless and the surrounding area and provides instruction on correctly installing seats.
“We are dedicated officers that have a passion for child safety. We have seen the horrors of collisions and crashes without proper restraint systems,” wrote Brown in an email.
The Northeast Tarrant Lions meet twice a month, on the first Tuesday at noon and the third Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Highway 55 Burger restaurant in Bedford, 2113 Harwood Blvd. Anyone interested in joining the club should call Hannah at 817-995-9084.