Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon – Awards

Congratulations to our 2023 award winners!

Royal Rangers – Jeffrey Perkins Youth Award. We are pleased to recognize these hard-working youth volunteers for their consistent contributions loading meals for delivery to clients during VISTE’s annual Thanksgiving Meal Delivery event. The Royal Rangers are affiliated with Victory Church in Lakeland and have been volunteering at the event for years!

Gordon Cronk – Elfried Pennekamp Memorial Award. Gordon exemplifies what Mr. Pennekamp, a founding member of VISTE, pioneered. Both are an example of “focusing on a commitment that is relentless and serving in an extraordinary manner.” Gordon not only volunteers twice a week sorting groceries, but he will stop at a moment’s notice at the request of our Hot Meals program manager to deliver a hot meal route. He also volunteers for check-in for the Thanksgiving Meal Delivery event, as well as for the VISTE Open golf tournament. He serves in an unassuming way, and we are grateful for his giving spirit. Gordon has devoted years of his life to helping seniors in need at VISTE.

Tripp and June Barnett – Dr. Sam Clark Volunteers of the Year. Tripp and June have delivered supplemental groceries to “their” clients for many years! And their service to our clients is highly personalized – they make sure that each client has an outstanding and memorable experience every time they visit with them.

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