The adult finalists for the annual Jere Melo Volunteer of the Year Award were selected. The Volunteer of the year was announced at a dinner on Saturday August 27 at David’s Deli. The award, aptly named in honor of Jere Melo, is a celebration of the volunteerism in our community.
The 5 finalists for this year’s award are:
Michael Beck, nominated by Ellen Albrecht;
Tim Bosma, nominated by Mark & Kathy Bibbens;
Brittney Donanville, nominated by Kathy Orsi;
Marilyn LeRoy nominated by Joye Fereira; and
Ruth Sparks, nominated by Kathleen Holmes, Terri Hudson & Patricia Marien.
Our nominees (left to right) Brittany Dondanville, Michael Beck, Ruth Sparks, Tim Bosma and Marilyn LeRoy with Madeleine Melo.
Ruth Sparks - Congratulations Ruth!
And our winner is.............
In the event you are not familiar with the nominees here is a very brief reason they are finalists:
Michael Beck has taken it upon himself to clean up the highways and roads of our community and has been seen as early as 4:00AMand well after dark on week days and weekends. He is also a member of the Fort Bragg Grange and helps out at their monthly breakfasts and volunteers elsewhere as well.
Tim Bosma is a past president of the Fort Bragg Rotary, and usually found helping at the local community events when he isn’t volunteering as the auctioneer for the event. He also works with the Interact Club and serves as a judge and mentor for the students who participate in Odyssey of the Mind.
Brittany Dondanville can usually be found taking hundreds of pictures of sporting and fundraising events in support of our community’s youth and she has also literally certified hundreds of local community members in both CPR and First-aid.
Marilyn LeRoy served on the Hospital Foundation for 15 years, belongs to the Native Daughters, Botanical Gardens, Winesong, Habitat for Humanity and is a long-time volunteer for the Mendocino Study Club. She also works at the Whale Festival and provides rides for numerous coastal residents for out of town doctor appointments and volunteers as a reader for Sherwood Oaks patients.
Ruth Sparks has been the creator and driving force behind several of the Fort Bragg Garden Club’s annual events and she is responsible for the successful Read-Aloud program in our community and she has coordinated many of the activities surrounding the Pygmy Forest Project.