First Lady Crissy Haslam joined Miss Tennessee 2013, Shelby Thompson, to honor volunteers from 39 counties at the Sixth Annual Governor’s Volunteer Stars Awards ceremony in Franklin last week.
The awards celebrated the efforts of 71 volunteers statewide, including two from Lincoln County, who strive to improve their communities through service.
“I am thrilled to recognize Tennesseans who give of their time and resources to improve the community,” Mrs. Haslam said. “Setting an example for service can be one of the very best ways to be a leader.”
One youth and one adult volunteer were selected from participating counties to receive this prestigious award. Nominees were judged based on the community’s need of the volunteer service performed, initiative taken to perform the service, creativity used to solve a community problem and impact of the volunteer service on the community. The individual awards are sponsored by Clayton Homes. The Community Anti-Drug Coalition of Rutherford County will also sponsor the event.
Jerry “Randy” Delap was the Lincoln County Adult Honoree. Randy is “Jack of many trades”. He has served as a volunteer board member of the Lincoln County Museum Association, Carriage House Players, Lincoln County Health Foundation, Lincoln Farmer’s Cooperative, Lincoln County Bicentennial Committee and the Camp Blount Bicentennial Committee. He served as a County Commissioner from 1994-1998, as President of Middle Tennessee Register’s Association and President of the Tennessee Register’s Association in 2012.
For the last 18 years, Randy has shared his acting talents in the Fabulous Fifties Show, a benefit show that raises funds for the Multi County Cancer Support Network. He also shares his acting talents with Carriage House Players, where he has performed in plays for the community for many years.
Apart from holding the elected position of Lincoln County Register, Randy currently serves as a director of the Lincoln County Livestock Association, Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and is on the Lincoln Cemetery Board. In his job at the courthouse, he gives tours of the courthouse and grounds to various groups throughout the year. Randy is a great ambassador for Lincoln County in all that he does.
Janie Peery, the Lincoln County Youth Honoree, is in her ninth year as a 4-H member. She currently serves as the 2013 4-H Honor Club President and the 2013-2014 Future Farmers of America (FFA) Secretary. She is also on the FFA Livestock Judging Team and the FFA Dairy Judging Team.
Janie gives back to local community in numerous ways, demonstrating the skills and life lessons 4-H has taught her. Janie has been the Dairy Day Chairperson for Lincoln County to promote the milk industry and a volunteer with Farm City Day and Farm Safety Day each year since 4th grade. She has also been an ambassador for agriculture for eight years, attending Hamburger Day on the Hill each March, talking, visiting and feeding hamburgers to the legislators. In addition, she served as the past president of the Youth Board for Junior’s House, a home for abused children.
This year, the Governor’s Volunteer Stars Awards included business and non-profit categories for the first time. One business and one non-profit were selected from each of Tennessee’s three Grand Regions for their outstanding community involvement and service. The business honorees included Eastman Chemical Company, East Tennessee Business Honoree; Healthways, Middle Tennessee Business Honoree; and Memphis Light, Gas, and Water, West Tennessee Business Honoree. The business awards are sponsored by Advance Financial. The non-profit honorees include: Random Acts of Flowers, East Tennessee Non-Profit Honoree; Nashville CARES, Middle Tennessee Non-Profit Honoree; and Church Health Center, West Tennessee Non-Profit Honoree. The non-profit awards are sponsored by Friends of Volunteer Tennessee.
“Each year, 1.27 million Tennessee volunteers give more than 171 million hours of service, contributing the equivalent of $3.3 billion to Tennessee’s economy. They are the backbone of our great state, and by giving of their time and talents to fulfill needs that would otherwise go unmet, they truly embody the spirit of giving,” said Volunteer Tennessee Executive Director, Jim Snell.
Mrs. Haslam was the featured speaker for the awards. Miss Tennessee presented the awards, and NewsChannel5 weekend anchor Jennifer Kraus served as the emcee for the event.
Volunteer Tennessee coordinates the Governor’s Volunteer Stars Awards at the state level. Volunteer Tennessee is the 25 member bipartisan citizen board appointed by the Governor to oversee AmeriCorps and service-learning programs and to advance volunteerism and citizen service to solve community problems in the Volunteer State.