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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Bellevue volunteers receive national recognition

Last Friday during the President's Volunteer Service Award ceremony, the City of Bellevue honored 102 citizens for their exceptional volunteer service.

"The City of Bellevue has an amazing volunteer program," said Bellevue Mayor Conrad Lee. "In 2012, more than 6,000 residents volunteered nearly 150,000 hours across 56 city programs. We are pleased to recognize these individuals for their exceptional service to our community."

Two volunteers, Hannah Kimball (left) and Barbara Polkinghorn, pose with Mayor Conrad Lee.

Each year, city employees nominate volunteers for this national recognition. Award recipients receive the Bronze, Silver, Gold or President's Call to Service Award, depending on the number of volunteer hours.

This year, three Bellevue residents received the federal program's highest honor -- the President's Call to Service Award -- for giving more than 4,000 hours of service to the community over their lifetimes. The recipients, all working in Parks & Community Services programs, are:

  • Steve Walker, Natural Resources;
  • Dallas Graham, Bellevue Botanical Garden; and
  • Shirley Johnson, Highland Community Center.

The City Council also honored Walker, Graham and Johnson during its Feb. 19 meeting.

Established in 2003, the President's Volunteer Service Award is a nationwide program to honor individuals, groups and families who have demonstrated exemplary citizenship through volunteering.

A Feb. 19 council memo offers additional information about the awards, including the names of all of the recipients. More information about volunteering opportunities in Bellevue is available at Volunteering .

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