Tri-Valley Foster Grandparent and Senior Companion Programs Hold Recognition Luncheon

Tri-Valley Opportunity Council, Inc. Foster Grandparent and Senior Companion Programs held its annual recognition luncheon at the Crookston Eagles Club on Wednesday, October 9. The event acknowledged the hard work and dedication provided by so many generous individuals. All volunteers were recognized from new enrollees to those who have provided an outstanding 22 years of service volunteering 15 hours or more per week. Last program year, Tri-Valley Senior Programs provided 78,665 hours of volunteer service working with over 800 children and 40 senior clients.

The Starfish Award was given to individuals who have been nominated by teachers or others the volunteers work with. This year there were four recipients of this award from the Foster Grandparent and Senior Companion Programs. The award is based off the story of an old man who walked up a shore littered with thousands of starfish. A young man was picking them up and flinging them back into the ocean. “Why do you bother?” the old man scoffed. “You’re not saving enough to make a difference. The young man picked up another starfish and sent it spinning back into the water. “Made a difference to that one,” he said.

Recipients of the Starfish Award were Anne Mae Magoris (Foster Grandparent), Lois Seeger (Foster Grandparent), Mary Kerr (Foster Grandparent), and Nancy Jewell (Senior Companion).

Prior to the awards and the luncheon, Marshall Olson of Crookston spoke to the group about the journey his family has had after the death of his son Brock. He shared a message of faith and how our priorities in life can be strengthened and straightened.

For more information on how to become a Foster Grandparent, Senior Companion or how to receive Senior Companion Services call Heidi or Jeanette at 218-281-5832.

2013StarfishAwardRecipients Photo (L-R)- Lisa Bjorndahl (Foster Grandparent/Senior Companion Coordinator), Anne Mae Magoris, Jeanette Larson (Senior Program Manager), Lois Seeger, Larson, Mary Kerr, Larson, Nancy Jewell.