Six honored with Clallam County Community Service Award on Thursday

PORT ANGELES — Six local heroes will be honored with the Clallam County Community Service Award for 2014 on Thursday.

The award recipients are:

■ Hearst and Jerri Coen, a dynamic couple who have given their talents to the local AARP Tax-Aide program, Olympic Land Trust's StreamFest fundraisers, Franklin and Evelyn Plant Green Point Foundation and several neighborhood improvement groups.

■ Linda deBord, spirited and dedicated leader of Pink Up Port Angeles, which benefits Operation Uplift cancer screenings and support groups.

■ Ron Jones, tireless Port Angeles High School “music man” and inspirational orchestra leader.

■ Wayne Roedell, a horticulturist with community service in his heart who has poured thousands of service hours into projects and fundraising for the Nor'wester Rotary Club and The Answer for Youth.

■ Mark Schildknecht, whose passion for lending a hand leads him to local fire districts and law enforcement, KSQM-FM, Clallam County Emergency Management team and Mount Olympus Detachment 897 of the Marine Corps League.

This is the 35th year of the award, begun by the Peninsula Daily News and now co-sponsored with Soroptimist International of Port Angeles-Noon Club.

The Clallam County Community Service Award honors the “dedication, sacrifice and accomplishments” of community leaders and volunteers “who have made a difference in Clallam County, who have made our communities a better place by doing extraordinary things for their neighbors, their community or the environment.”

The six recipients of the 2014 Community Service Award will receive framed award certificates at a reception in the downstairs meeting room at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 301 E. Lopez Ave., Port Angeles, that begins at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

The reception is open to the public and will include coffee and desserts.

Admission is free.

A blue-ribbon judging committee selected the six from 25 people nominated by individuals, clubs, churches, businesses and other organizations.

“These are truly local heroes, working to make community life stronger, tighter, happier, richer — busy people who unselfishly give their time and energy to help others, who always seem to be able to make time to offer a hand or a shoulder,” said John Brewer, PDN publisher and editor.

Last modified: May 25. 2014 8:11AM
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