The volunteer spirit is rampant in Baldwinsville.
Just ask Nancy Conley, the executive director of the Baldwinsville Volunteer Center, which organizes volunteer efforts in the Baldwinsville area.
Jo Pelcher, who is involved with the Friends of the Library, the BVC, her church and more, is one example, Conley said. Pelcher, who was the 2006 Woman Volunteer of the Year, takes special pride in assembling care packages for babies for the Christmas Bureau. "She loves that job and puts so much care into it," she said.
Marilynn Butcher is another amazing volunteer. "She's 85 and such an inspiration to me," Conley said about Butcher, who was the 1998 recipient of the woman volunteer of the year award.
Since 1961, Baldwinsville has honored nearly 100 volunteers like Pelcher and Butcher for their charitable actions. This year will be a little more special as the BVC will also celebrate its 10-year anniversary in conjunction with the awards dinner.
Man and woman volunteer of the year
The Greater Baldwinsville Chamber of Commerce began the annual tradition passing it on to the BVC four years ago.
"This is just an important aspect of volunteering," Conley said about the recognition.
It's fitting the recognition should also fall during April, the National Volunteer Month.
As part of the selection process, members of the community nominate men and women who they believe are good candidates for the volunteer of the year recognition. The selection committee then decides who the best nominees are for the honor.
"The people that get honored volunteer in many organizations," Conley said. "They've been doing it for years and years and there are so many worthy nominees. It's a shame that we can only pick one a year."
This year's awards dinner will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday April 26 at the Red Mill Inn with catering provided by Lock 24. The evening includes a cocktail hour, awards program and buffet dinner. Advance reservations are $28 per person and reservations can be made through the BVC.