FORT KENT - Seventy-one volunteers attended the 36th Annual Aroostook RSVP Volunteer Appreciation Celebration at the Fort Kent Senior Citizens Center in May.
Ranging in age from 55 to 95, the seniors are part of the 200 volunteers in the northern Aroostook area who donate time to help meet critical needs in county nonprofit and public programs as members of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program. Sponsored by the Aroostook Agency on Aging, RSVP supports about 500 volunteers countywide.
Fifteen were applauded for serving more than 500 hours during 2010 and received the Maine Roll of Honor Governor’s award.
RSVP Program Director Eleanor Reese was master of ceremonies. Reese said the volunteers had donated a total of 85,760 hours of service to county agencies and programs last year.
Planners of the event included RSVP coordinators Connie Michaud (of the St. John Valley), Linda Bartlett, Margaret Kimball, and Gini Garrett. RSVP advisory council members Bob Bouchard from Frenchville and Harold Violette from Madawaska also assisted with the event. The meal was prepared and served by Dottie Sines, Linda Cyr, Morgan January and community volunteers. Dozens of businesses and organizations provided support.
Volunteers honored included the following:
Five years: Florence Carpenter of Madawaska, Pauline Desjardens of Frenchville, Marilyn Dufour of Madawaska, Leo Bouley of Fort Kent, Therese Bellefleur and Ronald Daigle both of Madawaska, Philip Cote of Fort Kent, Terry Ouellette of St Agatha, Jeanne Pelletier of Madawaska, Alma Rossignol of Van Buren, Phyllis Savoie of Madawaska, Lorraine Tardiff of Van Buren, and Lynda Thibodeau of Fort Kent.
Ten years: Rolande Gervais and Ronald Gervais, both of Madawaska; Jacqueline Ayotte and Joan Ayotte both of St Agatha, and Martha Guerrette of St David.
Fifteen years: Alice Blanchette of Fort Kent and Theresa Ringuette of St Agatha.
Twenty years: Laura Corriveau of Fort Kent, Alvine Lagasse of Madawaska, Martha Beaupre of Madawaska.
Twenty-five years: Annette Daigle of Fort Kent.
More than 500 hours: Patricia Daigle of Madawaska, Rolande Gervais of Madawaska, Jean Cobb of St Agatha, John Daigle of Madawaska, Lucille Violette of Madawaska, Ronald Gervais of Madawaska, Jacqueline Ayotte of St Agatha, Joan Ayotte of St Agatha, Lionel Gervais of Madawaska, Real Hebert of Madawaska, Simone Hebert of Madawaska, Pauline Jackson of Fort Kent, Darlene Martin of New Canada, Florine Michaud of St Agatha, and Terry Ouellette of St Agatha.
President’s Over 4,000 Lifetime Hours: Gladys Bouchard of Van Buren.