City to honor volunteers at Feb. 27 event
February 6, 2014
By Christina Corrales-Toy
Mack Strong headlines speaking program
A strong culture of volunteerism is one of Newcastle’s greatest points of pride.
Every year, hundreds of volunteers dedicate hundreds of hours to make the city a better place, and signs of that can be seen everywhere.
It’s there in the trails that were built by Eagle Scouts and maintained by the Newcastle Trails group; it’s in City Hall, where volunteer commissions meet to give their best recommendations to the City Council; and it’s certainly evident in the smiling faces of the families enjoying their time at the city’s volunteer-coordinated summer events.
The city will honor its approximately 300 volunteers at a special appreciation event Feb. 27.
“I think volunteers really need to feel a sense of appreciation, and that they are contributing to the community and their efforts are being recognized,” said Linda Newing, a member of the Community Activities Commission, which is organizing the event.
Last year’s celebration was a rather small affair held at City Hall. The party will take place at The Golf Club at Newcastle’s Prestwick Terrace this year.
“Last year didn’t provide the best thank you for this group,” Newing said, “so we’ve just literally brainstormed on how we can make volunteers feel special.”
The event is from 6:30-8 p.m. The first half-hour consists of a social, featuring appetizers, desserts and beverages, followed by a speaking program, featuring Newcastle resident and former Seattle Seahawks fullback Mack Strong.
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Newcastle volunteer appreciation event
Volunteers from Newcastle Trails, the Newcastle Historical Society, Weed Warriors, the Planning and Community Activities commissions, and local Boy Scout troops will be among those honored at the celebration.
“We live in a small community and there are a lot of common goals through the volunteer core,” Newing said. “For example, the Weed Warriors, Newcastle Trails and the Boy Scouts, they really work together very closely.”
The Community Activities Commission has already begun sending invites to local volunteer groups. If you volunteered for the city, but did not receive an invitation, contact the city clerk at 649-4444 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The hope is that the celebration will encourage volunteers to continue their efforts, and motivate others to get involved in the city, Newing said.
“Our community is just 10,000 people, but there is a big group of activists in our community, and very outgoing and energetic people that make a difference,” she said.