Queenstown commissioners honor two volunteers
QUEENSTOWN — Two local women were honored by the town commissioners as Volunteers of the Year for their work in the town and helping family, friends and neighbors.
At the commission meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 8, Commission President Thomas B. Willis Jr. read a proclamation out loud honoring volunteers June Collier and Diane Lewis, and he gave them each a certificate and a town flag.
For years, Collier and Lewis have worked as unpaid election judges when the town has an election. When people come in, the women check their name off, and when election hours are over, they check to make sure the numbers mach.
Collier has been doing the election work for the past six years and Lewis isn’t sure how long she’s been doing it, but said it’s been many years.
They also help out at Calvary United Methodist Church where the town commissioners sometimes hold meetings and need their help with the crowd. Both women say they enjoy serving the town as volunteers and are long time members of the church. They help out anyway they can for the town or church, they said.
Collier, at 87 years old, considers herself the oldest person living in the town where she was born and raised. When she was 14 years old, she started working at the town’s grocery store, which is now the Queenstown Pizzeria. She worked at the grocery store for 14 years.
“I belong to this town. I love [the people in the town] and I appreciate them. If people ask questions, who else is better to answer them?”
Lewis said working on election day is easy and enjoyable. She was once offered to be a paid election judge, but she turned it down because she loved Queenstown so much.
“It’s a great town, very nice,”she said. “I like to give back to the community.”
Both Collier and Lewis are life members of the Queenstown Volunteer Fire Department’s Ladies Auxiliary where Lewis has been involved for 38 years, Collier a little less.
Lewis’s husband, Jim, also volunteers by cooking ham and oyster dinners at the Calvary United Methodist Church and at two other town halls. “He just likes to give back to the community,” said Mrs. Lewis.
While honoring their volunteerism, Willis read a statement describing why the two women were chosen for Volunteers of the Year.
Reading the statement, Willis said that every November, the town commissioners declare November as “Municipal Government Works Month,” which is a program established by the Maryland Municipal League.
As part of this declaration each year, the town commissioners select a Volunteer of the Year. This person, or persons, demonstrates unselfish acts of kindness and volunteerism throughout the community and the town, Willis said.
“The commissioners are proud to recognize the volunteer efforts of longtime Queenstown residents, Mrs. June Collier and Mrs. Diane Lewis have demonstrated the true definition of the word volunteer throughout their years as Queenstown residents,” Willis said.
“These ladies are always willing to lend a hand and their time to assist family, friends, neighbors or complete strangers. In addition to their families, their accomplishments include being active members and volunteers with the Queenstown Volunteer Fire Department’s Ladies Auxiliary, the Calvary United Methodist Church and the Town of Queenstown,” he said.
The town commissioners are pleased to recognize the efforts and the spirit of volunteerism Collier and Lewis have displayed and mirrored the qualities of Queenstown residents that has existed for more than 300 years, he said.
Queenstown residents June Collier and Diane Lewis, front left to right, were honored by the Queenstown commissioners for their volunteerism over the years. In the back row, from left, town Commissioners Hogie Schuster, Thomas B. Willis Jr. and George Plumbo.