Michigan Community Service Commission honors 2018 Governor's Service Awards winners
The Michigan Community Service Commission honored 40 winners at the 2018 Governor's Service Awards during a special ceremony on June 5, at the Wharton Center in East Lansing. The winners are individuals, businesses and nonprofit organizations that were selected for their commitment to volunteerism, service or philanthropy.
“This year’s winners have inspiring stories. They have made a tremendous impact on the lives of others through their service,” Gov. Rick Snyder said. “I am extremely grateful for the contributions they have made for Michigan and am honored to recognize their incredible accomplishments.”
Michigan State head basketball coach Tom Izzo served as the keynote speaker, while State Rep. Julie Calley and Michigan Community Service Commission Commissioner Kelsey Snyder handed out awards during the event.
The winners include: (Click the winner’s name to view their full biography)
Gov. George Romney Lifetime Achievement Award: Lowell Spieth (Hillsdale)
Senior Volunteer of the Year: Sarah “Sally” Fallon (Hillsdale), Lyle Gunderson (Ludington), Virginia Ellen Abbott Maxwell (Benton Harbor), Doris McCutcheon (Auburn Hills), Mary C. Payne (Muskegon), Jan Thomas (Copemish), Sandra Bowden-Whelton (Williamston)
Youth Volunteer of the Year: Allison Heath (Bloomfield Hills), Desiree Herrst (Bellaire), Ahmad Hider (Dearborn), Chintan Maheshwari (Farmington Hills), Katie Sesi (Ann Arbor), Katharine Shao (Northville), Christopher Wendt (Newberry)
Outstanding National Service Program: AdviseMI at Michigan College Access Network (Lansing), RSVP at Valley Area Agency Aging (Flint), Rural Opportunity VISTA program at Community Economic Development Association of Michigan (Lansing)
In partnership with the Michigan Community Service Commission, the Council of Michigan Foundations and the Michigan Nonprofit Association will give two Community Foundation Philanthropy Awards.