Catch the Spirit of America!

Fourteen organizations and individuals to be honored

Guilford–Piscataquis County winners of the 2019 Spirit of America Foundation Tribute for outstanding community service will be honored at a ceremony on Friday, November 15, 2019 starting at 7:00 PM in the Valley Grange Hall 172 Guilford Center Road, Guilford.

The Spirit of America Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity established in Augusta, ME to encourage volunteerism.  Since the first Spirit of America Foundation award was presented to Alma Jones by Augusta’s Mayor in 1991, over 500 Spirit of America ceremonies have taken place. 

Those to be honored at the county wide ceremony include: Walter Boomsma–Abbot, John Brainard–Atkinson, Rodney Preble–Bowerbank, Brownville Public Library–Brownville, Friends of Central Hall and Maine Highlands Senior Center–Dover-Foxcroft, Prudy and David Richards–Greenville, Hardwood Products Company –Guilford, Damien Pickel– Milo, Barbara Wilbur–Parkman, Alvina Church –Sangerville, Sebec Community Christian—Sebec, Colleen Ashe—Shirley, and Walter Hish—Wellington.

The event is open to the public. “We hope friends and family of these recipients will come and help us salute these models of the volunteer spirit of America,” Sheriff Bob Young suggested. “This will be a fun, uplifting evening with no long speeches,” he promised.”

Valley Grange Program Director Walter Boomsma is excited the Grange has been given the honor of hosting the awards. “All Granges are about community and Valley Grange is certainly not an exception. We enjoy making our hall available to organizations dedicated to building strong individuals and communities. It is a special treat to host individuals and organizations doing just that!” The Grange will be serving refreshments immediately following the program.

We’d like to thank…

The obvious hazard with identifying specific individuals and organizations is forgetting somebody! That said, there are lots of people we’d like to thank for their help in making the Italian Dinner a smashing success–including every person who came!

A big thank you to the media for the stories and reminders… including WDME for PSA’s the day of the meal… and WABI TV-5 for a mention on the morning news! Thanks also to S.A.D. 4 for their assistance getting the word out… and to the many teachers and staff who came to support us.

Thanks also to local businesses for their generousity: Will’s Shop N’ Save, Shiretown Pizza, Save-a-Lot, and Penquis Rental.

And to Penquis Volunteers Kara & Tessa Jackson, Debbie Somers, Darlene Clukey, Jessica Davis, Ginger Hutchins, James, Madolyn, Crystal & Virginia Macomber, Joshua Brown.

And for food donations from Cheri Snow, Shannon Bonsey, Cindy Pullyard, Debbie Somers, Sheree Brown, James Macomber, Denise Trafton, April Sargent, Neil Greenberg, Kara Jackson.

A special thanks to Valley Grange member Janice Boomsma for her cleaning efforts–she did some nasty jobs… and for shaking the money out of attendees pockets with Tessa’s assistance!

One person who deserves a big thank you and round of applause is Sheree Brown from Penquis. When we decided to do this, we agreed this had to be fun and it was, from beginning to end! Her energy and enthusiasm is both boundless and contagious–she’s organized and gets results.  Thanks, Sheree for what you do and who you are!