The 2013 David Duncombe Living Your Conscience Award was presented to Margaret Walker. The award was inspired by David Duncombe and his commitment to living his conscience every day. David was involved in 20 organizations, fasted three times in Washington DC in support of debt relief, and was jailed several times for various marches and sit ins. David Duncombe volunteered at various projects within WGAP since 1996. He was a member of the WGAP Board of Directors for ten years.
Margaret has been involved in numerous committees and organizations. She has volunteered countless hours to the community through her many memberships such as Friends of the Library, White Salmon Community Benefit, the Community Youth Concession Booth, and as a member of the local School Board. Everyone knows someone who Margaret taught to play the piano, helped with reading or swam in her pool. Her life has been filled with her commitment to helping others and all of us living in the Bingen-White Salmon communities have been the beneficiaries.
Recognition Evening started in 2011. The idea was to honor those from our community who are leading by example and making our communities better places to live, work, and play.
Board Member Bruce Bolme, Community Champion Brian Wanless, and WGAP Executive Director Linda Schneider
Roger and Diane Gadway of “Gadzukes!” began the 2013 Recognition Evening with an amazing medley of songs for everyone’s enjoyment. Since 2011, “Gadzukes!” has provided the musical entertainment. It is something everyone looks forward to.
The evening continued with the traditional Second Hand Rose Fashion Show. Several models strolled down the runway displaying incredible bargains that were all available for sale at Second Hand Rose. There were children’s clothes, cowboy outfits, evening wear, and even a bridal gown.
The WGAP Board of Directors were introduced. These individuals volunteer a lot of time to guide the agency making sure it meets the public needs.
The WGAP staff were then introduced. Linda Schneider, Executive Director, talked about their hard work, compassion, and caring for those the agency serves. It was obvious she is very proud of the staff.
At this Recognition Evening, for the first time, each Department was given an opportunity to honor one of their volunteers.
Liz Paulson and the Community Youth Center members honored Micki Caldwell. Micki is a long time Youth Center volunteer providing art instruction on a weekly basis. She has helped the members create beautiful works of art that have been displayed at the White Salmon Library and Skyline Hospital.
Kevin Summa, from the Guided Path, honored Kathy Richards as that program’s volunteer extraordinaire. Kathy has worked on the Guided Path garden, landscaping, and shelter. She has also volunteered on a regular basis at the WGAP Food Bank. Her work has enhanced the shelter environment which truly lifts the spirits of those in need.
Our Skamania County office recognized Annie Davis. For over 20 years, Annie has managed the Skamania County Clothing Bank. Annie and her volunteers have provided clothing and household items to low income residents. Annie is retiring to Arizona this year.
The Nutrition Program recognized 3 super volunteers: Tracy Kaden, Casey Milnes, and Jane Allen. These volunteers travel from Goldendale to Bingen to help with the food distribution and warehouse work. Over time, they have proven to be reliable, conscientious, and knowledgeable.
Second Hand Rose recognized Claire Bryant and Babs Smith. These two ladies sort and hang thousands of items of donated clothing each month. They are great at finding rips, tears, and stains and make sure that only the best items go up for sale.
This year, Brian Wanless was selected as the agency’s overall Community Champion. Brian lives in the Goldendale area, but his good works have impacted all of Klickitat County. Brian started the Backpack for Kids program. It is a program that sends meals home with kids in their backpack for the weekend. This is a huge help to kids who rely on the nutrition that school meals provide. He is also a member of CEKC, a non-profit community benefit organization, the County Broadband committee and an active member of his church.
2012 Community Champion Award
Bill Werst was named Community Champion for 2012. Bill has worked
on the Art & Wine Fusion, Concerts in the Park, the Pig Roast, the
July 4th Parade and the Labor Day Car Show. He helps with Community Safe
Halloween, the Dreaming of a White Salmon tree lighting, the Bingen
Skate park’s fundraiser and many, many other community projects. He was
recognized not only for his amazing civic interest and energy, but for
his continuing commitment to find new and innovative ways to get things
done. Bill’s good works have benefited all of us.