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Volunteer efforts honored with Gift of Time awards
10 recognized with Gift of Time Awards for service to community.
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The 2011 Gift of Time winners, announced Thursday, are (front row from left) Janis McCall, DeAnn Kraichely, Ron
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Giving freely of their time, these volunteers work to
make their community a better place. The Council of
Churches of the Ozarks honored 10 of them
Thursday at the 20th annual Gift of Time Awards at
the Ramada Oasis Convention Center.
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This year's honorees include Holly Beadle of Nixa;
Ron Enos of Willard; and Buddy Ball, Virginia Jones, Pat Dickens,
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women on June 7, 1992, founded One
Missing Link Inc., which helps families of
missing persons.
"A lot of people think it takes too much time
to volunteer, but really it takes so little,"
McCall said. "It means so much to the
people you help, but also to the volunteer. If
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you give, you'll get so much back."
Ball works primarily with the United Way
and the Ozarks Food Harvest. He said he
started volunteering in 2006 after he retired
and moved to Springfield from Kansas City.
"I thought I needed something to do to get
me off the couch," he said.
Beadle
He said his job as a mentor with O'Reilly
Automotive made for a good transition to
volunteer work.
"I like to help people," he said. "Some
people need a lot of help."
Former Council of Churches Director
Dorsey Levell, who helped found the award
20 years ago, spoke at the event and
summed up why volunteers do what they
do.
"The intent of mankind is to leave the world
a little better place," Levell said.
All 10 winners' photos will be displayed on
the Rosanna Bradshaw Memorial Wall of
Fame in the Busch Municipal Building.
Ball
Levell credits Bradshaw, the council's
associate director at the time, for coming up
with the idea.
"She took it on as a joint project with the
city," Levell said.
Bradshaw died before the first award
ceremony in 1991, but Levell said it could
not have happened with out her.
"She was a wonderful person," he said.
Including Thursday's winners, the Gift of
Time Awards has honored 200 people.
There were 63 nominees for this year's
awards.
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Jones
Pat Dickens
Bob Dickens
Enos
Kraichely
McCall
2011 Gift of Time Winners
Holly Beadle, Nixa
Nominated by the Junior League of Springfield, Beadle
has been responsible for coordinating Isabel's House
volunteers and being the liaison between Isabel's
House staff and the Junior League Community Council.
Buddy Ball and Virginia Jones, Springfield
Nominated by the Breast Cancer Foundation of the
Ozarks. Buddy, the husband of the pair, works with the
United Way of the Ozarks as part of its annual
campaign cabinet. Virginia works with the Breast
Cancer Foundation and has taken over a number of
fundraising projects.
Pat and Bob Dickens, Springfield
Nominated by CoxHealth, the two are Cox hospital
volunteers. Bob works at the information desk and Pat
works at the surgery waiting desk.
Ron Enos, Willard
Nominated by Ozarks Technical Community College,
Enos has worked as a volunteer at OTC Adult
Education and Literacy and helped establish the
Greene County Justice Center as a GED testing site,
allowing those who are incarcerated the opportunity to
change their lives.
Dwight Ingalsbe, Springfield
Nominated by Southwest Center for Independent
Living, Ingalsbe has coordinated groups of volunteers
to build wheelchair ramps for people with disabilities.
(He was not present Thursday.)
DeAnn Kraichely, Springfield
Nominated by the Victim Center, Kraichely has been a
volunteer victim advocate since April 1999. She has
contributed nearly 12,000 hours of service.
Janis McCall, Springfield
McCall was nominated by One Missing Link, the
organization she founded with her husband after the
disappearance of her daughter and two other women
in 1992. Through the organization, McCall puts aside
her own tragedy to help other families deal with their
own.
Greg Weaver, Springfield
Nominated by Tara Benson, Marissa LeClaire and
Jeanette Lauver, Weaver serves as an advocate,
volunteer and philanthropist. He contributes time and
effort to many causes, such as Developmental Center
of the Ozarks, CASA, Habitat for Humanity and more.
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