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The Heart of Service honors the “dedication, sacrifice and accomplishments” of community leaders and volunteers “who have made a difference in Jefferson County, who have made our communities a better place by doing extraordinary things for their neighbors, their community or the environment.”
This year's recipients are:
■ Carol Christiansen and her late husband, Jim. They quietly and unassumingly made themselves indispensable to the Quilcene Historical Museum, Linger Longer Stage project, Quilcene Community Center, Quilcene/Brinnon Garden Club and other South County groups through thousands of hours of volunteer work.
■ Karen Ciccarone, a retired nurse and Port Hadlock resident whose organizational skills and passion for community service benefit the Port Townsend Boiler Room, JC MASH, YMCA Building Futures and NAMI.
■ Virginia Johnson, DVM, who shares her talents, energy and passion for animals with Olympic Mountain Pet Pals, Humane Society of Jefferson County, Peninsula Friends of Animals, Rescue Every Dog and Welfare for Animals Guild.
■ Fred Kimball, a skilled builder who has donated time and energy to benefit the community through Habitat for Humanity of East Jefferson County and the Jefferson County Home Builders Association.
■ Vince Verneuil, dedicated and motivated volunteer who portrays Santa Claus at Christmas events and keeps the holiday spirit alive all year through work with the Vincent de Paul Society in Port Townsend, East Jefferson Rotary Club and Port Townsend Yacht Club.
This is the ninth year for the Heart of Service award, sponsored by the Peninsula Daily News, Rotary Club of Port Townsend (noon club), Port Townsend Sunrise Rotary Club and East Jefferson Rotary Club.
A blue-ribbon judging committee selected the six Heart of Service recipients from 19 nominations made by individuals, clubs, churches, businesses and other organizations.
Open to the public
The six will be honored with framed award certificates and heart-shaped medals at a luncheon at the Northwest Maritime Center, 431 Water St. in downtown Port Townsend, that begins at noon Tuesday, May 13.
The luncheon is open to the public.
Friends and admirers of the recipients are invited to attend. The luncheon cost is about $12 person, or about $9 for beverage and dessert.