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CHS honors many successes

June 21, 2013

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By Randy Kirby
Managing editor

The Center for Human Services honored several worthy recipients at its annual Recognition Luncheon on Friday, June 21 at the Sedalia Country Club.

‘We recognize board members, volunteers, community members who support the Center, individuals, businesses, and then we always end with our outstanding personal growth awards, the people that we serve who have made great progress this year ,” explained CHS Executive Director Ann Graff. “Our Lifetime Achievement Award winner is generally nominated by our Board of Directors.”

In this case, James Timothy Buckley, Sr., was named the Lifetime Achievement Award winner at the luncheon, who attended with his son Jim Buckley, Jr., who was also recognized for his generosity with the Center.

Buckley, a Sedalia lawyer, has been involved with the Center since the mid ‘60s. He was a charter member of the Pettis County Board of Services for the Developmentally Disabled in 1979 and been a board member for the past 34 years, giving legal counsel to the CHS.

He was introduced by Van Van Dyne, who approached the podium using crutches. Van Dyne referred to Buckley as a special friend and companion, a valued advisor, and an activist for people with disabilities.

“Over the past 50 years, Buckley and Buckley Law Firm have provided untold legal assistance, unbiased counsel, technical assistance with many projects, and plain old common sense to the Center’s directors,” Van Dyne stated.

“You are simply the best,” he told Buckley. When Buckley first became affiliated with the Center, it was located in the basement of Bothwell Regional Health Center.

“It has been a privilege and an honor to be associated with the Center,” Buckley said upon receiving the award. “I have come to learn and know what it means to have a facility such as the Children’s Therapy Center make a contribution to the community as it does,” he said, adding that there are not very many similar organizations around the state that make such contributions to the lives of people in the community.”

Those receiving Outstanding Personal Growth Awards included April Urcluoli, Brittni Willadsen, Krista Lance, Lance Thompson and two-year-old Robert Heimsoth, who participated in the Center’s Early Steps program.

Bobby Hayden was of Starline was presented with the Outstanding Generosity Award, as were Don and Bonnie Brandes, and Dr. Donald and Janet Proctor.

Erica Eisenmenger was presented with the Special Event Highlight Award for the Hotel Bothwell Annual Tea Party. Eisenmenger was introduced by CHS Development Director Susan Mergen.

The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) at Pettis County Commmunity Partnership received the Center’s Volunteers of the Year Award, accepted by PCCP Executive Director Cheri Heeren and Roxanne Parker.

Maxion Wheels and Reel & Trigger were both presented with the Center’s Outstanding Employment Opportunities Award. Carol Keck accepted the award fror Reel & Trigger, while three officials from Maxion (including Daniel Lura and Brad Dillon) accepted their award.

Lisa Montgomery, Pettis County Health Center, was presented with a Community Involvement Award by Children’s Therapy Center President Mike Mosier. The PCCP also received a Community Involvement Award, accepted by Heeren and Parker.

Earl Finley and Barbara Schulz were named Honorary Board Members. Finley retired from the Board earlier this year, and Schulz retired from the Board in 2011.

Carla Martin and Carrie Hayes were named the Center’s Employees of the Year. Martin works in administration, while Hayes works in the program department at CHS. Photos by Randy Kirby, Sedalia News Journal. Posed plaque photos courtesy Susan Mergen.

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