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‘Grandparents’ awarded

Published: Friday, June 28, 2013 1:15 a.m. CST

ROCK FALLS – Tri County Opportunities Council’s Foster Grandparent Program’s annual recognition luncheon was May 15 at White Pines Dinner Theatre in Mount Morris.

Seventy-five grandparents attended the buffet and entertainment by John Truncali’s “Tom Jones and Friends.” A medley of patriotic songs recognized the grandparents who are veterans.

Judy Argraves, Catherine Buell, Diane Frieberg, Ron Novak, and Virginia Pepper received the Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award for Volunteer Service. This award honors those who volunteer for 4,000 hours or more by mentoring children in local schools in literacy, math, and social skills.

First-year pins were awarded to Susan Bertolozzi, Linda Collin, Gigi Clifton, Darlene Garrison, Cheryl Heppel, Ruth Hoyle, Terri Jackley, Barb Jones, Linda Lawyer, Shaye Linn, Mary Marsh, Rosemary McAlister, Carol Nicklaus, Kathy Roberg, Juanita Randklev, Mary Ann Stern, and Barb Wendler.

Also recognized were the youngest (55) and the oldest (90) grandparents and the two with perfect attendance, Jean Christianson and Betty Rowbottom.

The Foster Grandparent program has grandparents serving in six counties, 27 elementary schools, and five child care centers. Participants must be retired, be at least 55 years old, meet the income eligibility guidelines for the program, and live in Bureau, Carroll, LaSalle, Lee, Marshall, Ogle, Putnam, Stark, or Whiteside counties.

For more information, call Barb Wolcott, program director, at Tri County Opportunities at 815-625-7830 or 800-323-5434, ext. 40.

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