Volunteer of the Year

by Kathy Marson

Merlene Olmsted poses with the award she received from the City of Airway Heights.
The Volunteer of the Year Award plaque was accompanied with a $100 gift certificate. Photos by Kathy Marson.

AIRWAY HEIGHTS, Wash., December, 2016  -  Merlene Olmsted was awarded “Volunteer of the Year,” by the City of Airway Heights, Wash.

She was nominated by the Parks and Recreation Department for her involvement in various outreaches including SAIL*, eldercare meal and excursions, a walking group, city council, gardens and West Plains Support Network community classes.

Merlene lives in Airway Heights and plans to continue her activities in Airway Heights and would also like to start a SAIL class in Otis Orchards, Wash., where she currently attends the local Seventh-day Adventist Church. She enjoys keeping active and was surprised by the award, which was given to her at a city dinner. She received a plaque and a $100 gift certificate.

*SAIL is an acronym for “Staying Active & Independent for Life” and is a strength, balance and fitness program for adults 65 and older. The curriculum is offered through Washington State Department of Health and is a public domain program. Any group can utilize this in their church or community center to benefit their community.

To learn more about the Seventh-day Adventist Church, go to: www.mywaytoJesus.com.