Queen­stown com­mis­sion­ers honor two vol­un­teers

Record Observer - - News - By CHRISTO­PHER KERSEY

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.

PHOTO BY CHRISTO­PHER KERSEY

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.

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