FEB 15, 2019 (Mesa, AZ)
East Valley Chapter 8 of Disabled American Veterans (DAV) rekindled its Volunteer of the Month recognition program after a summer 2018 hiatus. The program is designed to promote the Good of the Order by recognizing volunteers who make significant contributions to the Chapter’s service to veterans.
November 2018 began with a dual award to Mr. George Colbert (USMC, Ret.) and Mr. Michael Crowe (USAF, Ret.) for their superb work in coordinating and putting on the chapter’s first annual Veterans Day Golf Tournament at Superstition Springs Golf Club, sponsored by Superstition Springs Lexus.
Certificates of Appreciation were also presented to numerous volunteers who participated in the annual Veterans Day fundraiser at Golden Corral at Power & McKellips in Mesa.
The events together raised over $12,000 to help serve veterans in the East Valley.
December’s Volunteer of the Month was Pat Dvorak, who manages the reception and registration center of DAV East Valley Chapter 8. Although she herself is not a veteran, she has been steadfast in her exceptional support to veterans, both on the phone and in the Chapter House. Pat embodies the connection between veterans and the community every Monday and Friday at the Chapter, as well as when she is out and about in the community!
January’s Volunteer of the Month is Mr. Ted Wagner. A member of DAV East Valley Chapter 8, Ted is the coordinator for the Chapter’s popcorn fundraising project at the VA Southeast Clinic in Gilbert. A “young fella” in his 80’s, Ted has made the popcorn stand a staple and welcome venue to veterans and their families seeking medical care at the VA Southeast Clinic.
DAV East Valley Chapter 8 is dedicated to a single purpose: Empowering veterans to lead high-quality lives with respect and dignity. We accomplish this by ensuring that veterans and their families can access the full range of benefits available to them; fighting for the interests of America’s injured heroes on Capitol Hill; and educating the public about the great sacrifices and needs of veterans transitioning back to civilian life.
Dr. Carl Forkner