Annual Volunteer Appreciation Ceremony - U.S. Army Garrison Humphreys, South Korea - 29 June 2012
U.S. Army photos by Cpl. Han, Jae Ho
By Cpl. Han, Jae Ho
USAG Humphreys Public Affairs
CAMP HUMPHREYS — United States Army Garrison Humphreys held its annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner and Ceremony, at the newly reopened Community Activity Center, June 29, to honor and recognize various volunteers of the year and those who make differences in the installation and neighboring communities each day.
This event, which was sponsored by the American Women’s Club Thrift Shop Association, featured a dinner, special performances by the Community Theatre Group, congratulatory remarks by Col. Joseph P. Moore, Humphreys Garrison commander and award presentations.
“Volunteers like you make me want to go to work and actually enjoy it,” said Denise Chappell, the Area III Volunteer Coordinator. “We all have deep appreciations for what our volunteers do.”
After the entertainment and video clips of those recognized in the six categories, volunteers were recognized for their efforts with awards.
The Volunteers of the Year in six different categories were: Sgt. 1st Class Michael Craig (Active Duty Soldier), assigned to Headquarters Supply Company, 602nd Aviation Support Battalion; Cpl. Han, Byung-jin (KATUSA Soldier), assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, U.S. Army Garrison Humphreys; Jessica Dunn (Family Member) from Company E, 3-2 General Support Aviation Battalion; Tekedra Bryant (Youth); Charles Woods (Retiree) and 4th Battalion (Attack), 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade (Unit).
“This award was really special to me,” said Dunn. “Camp Humphreys is such an amazing community. From day one of arriving here I felt like I was ‘home.’
“I definitely wanted to be a person who helped contribute to the greatness of the community,” she added. “When I found out I had won Volunteer of the Year, it was bittersweet. This week, my family leaves Camp Humphreys to head back to the United States. The Volunteer of the Year award was the most amazing way to end my time at Humphreys. I am so happy for all the opportunities that I have been given while living here and I am also very happy that I was able to help give back.”
At the conclusion of the ceremony, Don Claycomb, director of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, presented Moore with an oversized check representing the worth of $1,800,455.76, which represents 84,291 volunteer hours put in by Humphreys’ volunteers.
“You only get to be a kid once, and volunteers who support kids create a special opportunities and memories for them,” Moore said.
“People like you make this place very special. If you hear someone say, ‘Someone ought to do something about it,’ volunteers like you should ask them, ‘What’s keeping you from doing something?’ Strive for resilience, not dependence’”