POMEROY — The American Cancer Society recently held its volunteer appreciation and recognition awards in Meigs County.
Award recipients included, President’s Award — Jo Dunn, Meigs Middle School Mini-Relay Coordinator; Excellence in Mission — Norma Torres; Excellence in Income Development — Todd and Lee Powell, Powell’s Food Fair; Volunteer of Year — Lois Oiler; Distinguished Service Award — Courtney Midkiff.
The Excellence in Mission Award is presented to an individual, group, corporation or organization that makes an extraordinary impact on the mission of the American Cancer Society through health initiatives, advocacy, or research. The recipient could be nominated for this award because of their professional involvement in the field of cancer prevention and control or through an impactful leadership role within one or multiple of the following mission priority areas: information, quality of life, prevention and early detection, advocacy, disparities and research.
Norma Torres of Middleport was the recipient of the 2013 Excellence in Mission award. Torres is the Meigs County Cancer Initiative (MCCI) Think Pink Director and the MCCI Chair.
“Torres as been a champion for cancer prevention within Meigs County for several years,” said Midkiff. “She has the health and well-being of all Meigs County residents at heart, but demonstrates a particular interest in serving the un/underinsured and economically-disadvantaged.”
Torres is a 30-plus year breast cancer survivor; former director of nursing at the Meigs County Health Department and retired Meigs County Health Commissioner.
During her tenure a the Meigs County Health Department, Torres brought the mobile mammography services to Meigs County in the early 1990s, a program she continues to work with today. She is also a charter member of the Meigs County Cancer Initiative, Inc. which was formed in 2000.
Torres has been the program manager for the Think Pink Program or eight years.Through the program, she assists in the grant writing process, coordinates the Women’s Health Day events, and directs a team of breast health advocates to spread the word about early detection and screening.
“Ms. Torres is my mentor,” said Midkiff. “Her positive influence is the reason I am involved with the MCC, ACCN, American Cancer Society and am employed at the Meigs County Health Department.”
“It is my firm belief that many Meigs County residents of all ages would have lost their lives or suffered from the consequences o poor health if Norma had not devoted her life to God, nursing and Meigs County,” said Midkiff.
The Distinguished Service Award is an award given to recognize an exceptional volunteer for their extensive commitment and service to help our American Cancer Society. This award is provided to a dedicated volunteer who has provided their volunteer support to the American Cancer Society over a long period of time and continues to support the American Cancer Society in the mission to fight cancer and saving lives.
Courtney Midkiff was the 2013 recipient of the Distinguished Service award. Midkiff is the American Cancer Society Meigs County Volunteer Leadership Council Secretary, Relay for Life Coordinator, Meigs County Cancer Initiative, Inc. Secretary and Coordinator of the Ferman E. Moore ACS Cancer Resource Center.
“Courtney Midkiff has been an exceptional leader for our American Cancer Society, and we value her volunteer efforts with our Health Initiatives and Relay For Life fundraising event,” said John Largent of the American Cancer Society.
The Volunteer of the Year Award is given for outstanding individual performance by a volunteer during the year (2013). Volunteer activities can be at the unit, region of division level; however, it is for activity during a single year and not cumulative.
Lois Oiler of Middleport was the 2013 recipient of the volunteer of the Volunteer of the Year award. Oiler is a member of the Relay for Life planning committee and a team member of Keith’s Get-R-Done. The team, which was formed in memory of Oiler’s father-in-law, has been recognized as a silver team for the past several years.
The nomination form for Oiler’s award states, “She is a true motivator of not only her fellow team members but also the planning committee members.”
Oiler coordinated the entertainment for the 2013 Relay for Life Se also assisted with the setup, tear down and clean up for the 2013 Relay for Life in Meigs County.
“Relay for Life events in small counties such as Meigs could not be coordinated and executed successfully without the dedication of volunteers such as Lois,” said Relay for Life Chairperson Courtney Midkiff. “I was blessed to have extraordinary volunteers this year on the planning committee. Lois’ concern for the quality of the event program and organizational skills are truly appreciated.”
The Excellence in Income Development Award is given to an individual, group, corporation, or organization that makes an extraordinary impact on the mission of the American Cancer Society through income development. The recipient could be nominated for this award because of a significant gift, or through an impactful leadership role within one or multiple income development initiatives.
Lee and Todd Powell of Powell’s Foodfair in Pomeroy were the 2013 recipients of the Excellence in Income Development award.
For the past several years, Powell’s Foodfair has financially supported the American Cancer Society through a company-sponsored Cancer Day held each April. A portion of the sales from that day are donated to the ACS. Donations each year exceed $2,200.
Additional fundraisers such as the sale of luminaries are also conducted at the store.
The President’s Award is uniquely designed to honor a special individual or company whose continued commitment to the Society’s work has made a profound impact upon the advancement of the Society’s mission. The award is presented to an exceptional volunteer, group, agency or company who has demonstrated outstanding service to the American Cancer Society by going above and beyond in their work to further the organization’s goals. The award is to be given only at times when the actions of the recipient clearly resulted in a major contribution to the betterment of the American Cancer Society.
Jo Dunn, teacher at Meigs Middle School, is the 2013 recipient of the President’s Award. Dunn is the coordinator for the mini-Relay for Life held each spring at Meigs Middle School. To date, Dunn has been the coordinator fo seven mini-Relay for Life events at the school, raising more that $5,000 for the American Cancer Society.
“Ms. Dunn works tirelessly throughout the school year to coordinate fund-raisers and he raise cancer awareness and to promote early detection among faculty, students and their family members,” said Midkiff.
Plans are currently being made for the eighth mini-Relay for Life event at the school.
The 2014 Meigs County Relay for Life is scheduled for June 13-14 at the Meigs County Fairgrounds. For more information or for an ACS referral contact Courtney Midkiff at (740) 992-6626.