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RSVP recognizes outstanding volunteers at annual banquet

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Patsy Cowan and Hopkins County Veterans Memorial were honored Thursday by the Retired Senior Volunteer Program for their volunteer efforts.

Each year, RSVP holds a spring banquet to celebrate the service of local volunteers and to recognize an outstanding “station” and individual for exceptional work.

During the 2013 calendar year, 187 Hopkins County RSVPs volunteers logged 32,097 hours of service to the community. Valued on the “Points of Lights” scale, that is equal to $710,627 given back to Hopkins County by these volunteers. Not many of the 11 official RSVP stations would be able to operate without these “superheroes.” 

During this year’s banquet, held April 10 to coincide with National Volunteer Week, Hopkins County Veterans Memorial was recognized as “Station of the Year.” Accepting the award on the group’s behalf was Clayton McGraw, who has been among the individuals at the forefront of this effort to recognize all local veterans past and present.

Recognized as the “Volunteer of the Year” was Patsy Cowan, who was unable to attend the banquet because of a prior commitment volunteering. Elizabeth McGraw accepted the award for Cowan.

“Patsy Cowan is a very busy lady for someone who just a few short years ago, had to medically retire because she  could not walk very far at a time,” noted Karon Weatherman, program and marketing director for the Senior Citizens Center.  “Even going to Wal-Mart was a chore.  She had to use a cane to get  into the store then use an electric cart to get around. She has changed her life completely. She has lost 150 through doing the TOPS program and some exercise. She feels so good these days that she wants to help others.”

Among the many organizations Cowan volunteers with are Terrific Tuesdays, the Hopkins County Veterans Memorial, TOPS, Hopkins County Military Coalition, American Cancer Society and Community Chest. She is also a volunteer ombudsman at four nursing homes in town — Sunny Springs Nursing and Rehab, Rock Creek Nursing and Rehab,  Carriage House Manor and Sulphur Springs Health and Rehab.

“If you see any of the Hopkins County veterans or Patsy Cowan on the streets of Hopkins County be sure to  congratulate them for a job well done,” urges Weatherman.

This year’s RSVP spring banquet included a musical program by Monty Tipps, a barbecue dinner provided by Andy and Mary Lou Wright and tables decorated in a super hero motif to reflect the “Volunteers Are Super Heroes” theme. Master of ceremonies Tim Walsworth even donned a superman cape for the occasion.

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