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Local mayors take part in first-ever Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service

April 9, 2013
By David Swartz - Managing Editor , Estherville Daily News

Estherville and Gruver mayors both took part in the first-ever Mayors Day of Recognition for national Service on Tuesday.

Estherville Mayor Kenny Billings honored volunteer Lois Jensen as he signed the proclamation for the day.

Gruver Mayor Loren Anderson honored Virgil West for his volunteer service.

Both Jensen and West are members of the local Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP).

Jensen volunteers her time around the community, including helping at Rosewood Manor as well as the Emmet County Food Pantry as well as helping out at schools.

West has spent 2-to-3 hours twice a week helping students at Demoney Elementary in Estherville.. He has been doing that for the past three years.

Originally he said he thought he'd be reading to the students, but then it turned in listening to the student read to him. He also helps the students with homework, writing and phonics.

The Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service is a day recognizing that mayors are increasingly turning to national service and volunteerism as a cost-effective strategy to address city challenges.

Whether supporting food banks, restoring city parks, building homes, providing health services, tutoring and mentoring students, national service members help mayors tackle tough problems.

The initiative is led by Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, the corporation for National and Community Service; City of Service, and other organizations.



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