On Saturday, Feb. 6, the Palatine Park District honored its volunteers at the 11th annual Volunteer of the Year Luncheon at Cotillion Banquets in Palatine. There were over 200 guests present.
The following volunteers were recognized for years of service to their respective organizations:
Four years of service : Sue Lech, Palatine Children's Chorus; Kim Radochonski, Palatine Gymnastics Club; Tom Hauert, Palatine Opportunity Center; Travis LaSchiava, Palatine Panthers Wrestling Club; and Randy (Randa) Thrasher, Palatine Township Senior Citizens Council.
Five years of service: Alan Bosslet, Palatine Baseball Association; Maria Cudney, PAFA Cheer & Flags; Gayle Huberty, Tiger Shark Swim Team; and Deb McClure, Palatine Amateur Football Association.
Six years of service: Michelle Mabry, Palatine Baseball Association; and Pat Prichard, Prairie Woods Audubon Society.
Seven years of service: Tom Budinger, Palatine Stables.
Eight years of service: Dale Metzger, Palatine Youth Baseball/Softball; and Terry Ruff, Celtic Soccer Club.
Nine years of service: Jim "Shooting Star" Koblas, Algonquin Longhouse, Inc. NFP.
Ten years of service: Greg Brunks, Celtic Cup.
20 years of service: Susannah Kist, Wood Street Theater Company.
23 years of service: Lola Mugalian, Palatine Historical Society.
27 years of service: Bob Mathieson, Palatine Hills Golf Association.
In addition, two past Volunteers of the Year were recognized. They were: Bert Robins, for over 10 years of service, Palatine Baseball; and Mike Tolzien, for 10 years of service, Palatine Amateur Football Association.
In addition to recognizing the annual volunteers, the park district also recognized distinguished volunteers through the Palatine Park District Honor Roll. This year, two volunteers were added to the Honor Roll, which is awarded, through resolution by the Board of Commissioners, to those who have had significant years of service to an organization. They must have demonstrated an outstanding contribution and had a major effect in their organization. The following volunteers were added to the Honor Roll:
Al Sittaro, Palatine Township Senior Citizens Council. Sittaro is a dedicated Palatine Township Senior Citizens Council volunteer and a member of the board of directors since 1993.
Robert Alexander, Palatine Hills Golf Association. Alexander has been a member of the Palatine Hills Golf Association since 1970, served for many years on the PHGA board, and was elected president of the organization for the 2000 season.
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