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30th annual Governor’s Volunteer Awards presented

June 21, 2013

Deloris Clayton, of Marshalltown, received a 2013 Governor's Volunteer Award from Governor Terry E. Branstad and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds during a special recognition ceremony held June 12 in Marion.

The Governor's Volunteer Awards program was created in 1982, with inaugural awards presented in 1983. What began as a small program only available to state government agencies has expanded over the years and now provides all Iowa nonprofit, charitable and government organizations with an easy way to honor their volunteers with a prestigious state-level recognition award. Several hundred volunteers are recognized each year with awards in one of four categories: Individual, Group, Length of Service or Disaster Volunteer.

"Volunteerism is an important part of the state's future and well-being," Branstad said. "I am honored to have the opportunity to recognize the people of our great state who continue the tradition of neighbor helping neighbor and work tirelessly to improve their communities. Collectively, Iowa's volunteers contribute to our ranking among the top three states in the nation for our volunteer rate."

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Deloris Clayton, center, received a 2013 Governor’s Volunteer Award from Governor Terry E. Branstad and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds. Clayton was honored for her volunteer work at the Iowa Veterans Home.

"The governor and I sincerely congratulate all of this year's award recipients," Reynolds said. "All are very deserving of the honor, and we thank them for their tremendous and selfless efforts and devotion to make a difference."

Clayton was honored with an Individual Volunteer Award by the Iowa Veterans Home. Clayton serves as a volunteer in many areas at IVH several times a week, primarily assisting with recreational activities for the residents and serving on the Volunteer Advisory Committee.

Laurel Phipps also received a Length of Service Award from the Iowa Veterans Home by mail. Phipps's award was for 20 years of dedicated volunteer service to the residents of the Iowa Veterans Home.

The Governor's Volunteer Award program is coordinated by the Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service and the governor's office. For more information, visit or call 515-725-3094.



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