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Volunteers aboard Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany and from around the community receive certificates for their participation, time and services rendered to programs and initiatives in a ceremony, here, April 30. More than 130 recipients were honored at the ceremony, which was held in Marine Corps Logistics Command’s Multi-Purpose Room, Building 3700, at MCLB Albany. Some honorees received several individual awards for volunteering in multiple organizations and programs.

Photo by Verda L. Parker

Installation officials honor volunteers for community service initiatives

4 May 2015 | Verda L. Parker Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany

The commanding general of Marine Corps Logistics Command and the commanding officers of Marine Depot Maintenance Command and Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany gave accolades to more than 130 volunteers in a ceremony held aboard MCLB Albany, April 30.

Honorees and well-wishers packed into LOGCOM’s Multi-purpose Room, Building 3700, to receive and to bear witness as Maj. Gen. John J. Broadmeadow, Col. Don Davis and Sgt. Maj. Joseph Davenport presented the awards to the recipients and thanked each for their “pivotal role” in services to the community.

“Giving back” and “time management” appeared to be the unanimous responses from honorees, who discussed their ability to and reasons for devoting so much of their time to the various volunteer groups and programs.

Capt. Rene Barber, project manager, Marine Corps Systems Command-Albany, who received four certificates for her services to multiple organizations, commented on the event.

“Good time management helped me to be able to contribute my time and to assist with each of these programs,” Barber said. “I know that my purpose on this earth is not to serve myself but to serve others; so, I just use my time when I'm not working to give time back to those who need it. It's not about the certificate; it's about what I've done for individuals and the organizations I work with and hoping I have made a difference in at least one person's life.”

Dr. Soyiani Garvey, a local dentist in Albany, Georgia, was the recipient of two certificates during the ceremony.

“I received one certificate from the L.I.N.K.S. Mentors Program and one from the Enlisted Spouses Club,” Garvey said. “Being a dentist, a mother, a wife (and a volunteer) is all about time management. You just have to find time and balance everything. Volunteerism is very, very important to me. Giving back is very near and dear to my heart and time has to be found in order to do that.”

Award recipient, Sherry Crew, Radiological Control Office, LOGCOM, admitted to dedicating a good bit of her time volunteering for the Officers Spouses Club’s activities and events.

“My girls were both recipients of the Officers Spouses Club scholarships in the past, in 2010 and 2011,” Crew said. “I joined the (organization) in 2010, and I've been the secretary since I joined. I feel that it's just my chance to give back, to make new friends and it gives me a life outside of work.”

The youngest honoree at the awards ceremony was Dylan Kelley, who received a certificate for his role in contributing to the Community Garden project.

 Other participating volunteers received awards from the Officers Spouses Club; the Enlisted Spouses Club; Mentors in Action Program; Single Marines Program; L.I.N.K.S. Mentors Program; Young Marines Program; the Marine Corps Birthday Ball Fundraising Committee; Marine Corps Community Services Volunteer Career Development Program; the Watchdog Program of Lee County;  the Health, Education and Recreation through Teaching Program; Community Garden Project; Habitat for Humanity, as well as the MCLB Albany and LOGCOM Family Readiness Programs.
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