CASA of the 8th Judical District

STAFF & BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Staff

Eliza Gentile
Executive Director
Lisa Hatt
Director of Finance
Megan Mark
Volunteer Coordinator

Board of Directors

John Purvis
President
Andrea Taylor
Vice President
Matthew Schlagel
Treasurer
Lynn Kruse
Secretary
Lisa Hatt
Parliamentarian
Teresa Palmer
Board Member
Natasha Kelly
Board Member
Alice Adams
Board Member
Hope Manchester
Board Member
Peter Rumbold
Program Attorney

Citizen of the Year

The person we are here to honor tonight may be a friend, an acquaintance, or a stranger to you.  However they ARE known by people at the City Office, Kay's Pharmacy, The Eye Doctors, Medical Doctors offices, School personnel in the Herington, Hope/White City, and Centre School Districts.

They are not "gainfully" employed in the community, but volunteer hundreds of hours  wearing an "assortment of Hats".

Nobel Prize winner in Literature, Rabindranath Tagore said - "I slept and dreamt that life was joy.  I awoke and saw life was service.  I acted and behold, service was joy."

Sometimes I think that is what happened to our honoree.

They are faithful in attendance at church and can be found one night each week helping prepare and serve a meal there -- feeding hungry mouths and offering a time and place for fellowship.

This person serves on the Herington Library Board always wanting to maintain a vibrant program for both youth and adults for the past 8 years .

They are a trained Court Appointed Special Advocate (or CASA).    In  this position they serve as a powerful voice for abused and neglected children as they navigate through the court system.  A CASA stands beside a child with the primary goal of helping them reach a safe and permanent home.

Our honoree can be seen at school events supporting the young people of our community.  These are the same kids that they have given book bags and  school supplies.  This person helps them get things like gym shoes, personal hygiene items, an extra change of clothes when needed.

Our honoree has served faithfully in what I consider a very special   position since 2007 keeping regular office hours 2 days a week.  Remember, they are not "gainfully employed", so obviously this is one of those volunteer positions. Over 300 hours a year are spent in this position alone.  Appointments are made outside of office hours to be accommodating, trips are made to get supplies when necessary in special circumstances if a person is in need.  Our honoree helps people apply for services they qualify for but may not know how to secure - services such as LIEP, Food Stamps, establish payment plans for overdue bills.  They are quick to respond when they are notified household items are available if picked up for distribution to persons in need.

Our honoree has attended several days of Mental Health Classes and a 3-day seminar entitled "Bridges Out of Poverty, always being eager to receive training to be more effective as they work with people to help them lead a more independent, healthy, and secure life.

George Washington Carver said, "How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong.  Because someday in your life you will have been all of these."

Our honoree is a community volunteer that is faithful in her commitments and  through her love and concern for the people of our community she touches the lives of so many people.  She is supportive of many more things than have already been mentioned, but that is who our honoree is -   she is positive, active, dependable, and caring.