2016 Volunteers of the Year Awarded
Euless volunteers consistently give their time and energy to make our community FabEuless. In turn, the City of Euless honors volunteers each year to celebrate the dedication and service of these outstanding people.
Volunteer of the Year - LuAnn Portugal
Variety is the spice of life and no one knows that better than LuAnn Portugal. LuAnn has graciously donated her time and energy to nearly every department in the City of Euless. Those departments include Parks, Library, Planning & Development, Fire and Police to name a few. For the past 14 years she has been a dedicated P&Z Board Member and prior to that served on the Library Board for nine years. In addition, LuAnn volunteers at special events, with the Police and Fire Alumni Associations and is a Lifetime member of the Euless Library Foundation. LuAnn has a real heart for serving her community. She loves Euless and wants to make it the best city it can be.
Planning & Economic Development Director Mike Collins said, "P&Z requires a strong technical knowledge of zoning and development standards along with a good dose of common sense. LuAnn always comes fully prepared to a meeting. She asks good questions and follows her heart if something doesn't seem right."
Library Administrator Sherry Knight said, "She's a passionate library supporter and attends every single library board meeting. She has a real love of the Public Library and everything it stands for."
Volunteer Business of the Year - Lowe's Home Improvement
Lowe's Home Improvement has been a great community partner from the beginning. Most recently they provided some assistance at J.A. Carr Park through the Lowe's Heroes program that encourages Lowe's employees to team together and adopt a project. Euless Lowe's Manager Candy Bauer and her team chose Carr Park and over 50 employees donated their time to provide some extensive work there including clearing out vegetation and installing a railing along the creek, pressure washing the pavilion, adding mulch to the playground, painting barriers for better visibility, installing a Policeman's Prayer Plaque and a bench as well as removing some concrete slabs from the creek. This beautiful park has been in Euless for many years and now it is even more beautiful than before. Thank you Lowe's for being a part of something bigger.
Volunteer Youth of the Year - Charlotte Lewis
Charlotte Lewis has volunteered for several of our special events since 2015 and has already made a positive impact on our community. Each year she has helped at several special events such as Arbor Daze, Christmas Parade of Lights and Heritage Park Christmas.
Volunteer Coordinator Jerry Poteet said, "Charlotte always has a positive attitude, a winning smile to our residents, and is always willing to help in any way needed."
Volunteer Group Award - Euless Library Foundation
This category is new this year and the first recipient is no surprise. The Euless Library Foundation (ELF) is a nonprofit organization of caring volunteers who give gifts of time, energy, ideas and financial support to the Library and our community. ELF supports the Summer Reading Challenge as well as other special performances that are not covered by the Library's annual budget. One of the big fundraising efforts is the semi-annual book sale which takes a tremendous amount of volunteer hours year-round. In addition to all of the work that goes into the Book Sale itself, volunteers sort and organize the books throughout the year as donations arrive. They are also passionate about public art and have provided a variety of artwork to the Library that is available to the community in an interesting and educational manner.
Lifetime Achievement Award - Leon and Jan Hogg
Whether it be donations to the Euless Heritage Museum or a special performance at the Leon Hogg Amphitheater, you will see evidence of the Hogg family contributions to the Euless community for many years. Leon and Jan Hogg began their volunteer service in Euless in the 60s when their children played sports. Between softball and baseball they dedicated a great deal of time as active volunteers both on and off the field. They worked hand in hand with the Parks Board to create improvements to the facilities and soon, Leon was appointed to serve on the Parks and Leisure Services Board. From there, he was elected to serve on the Euless City Council and gave 18 years of public service as the longest continuously serving Council Member in Euless. We thank them for their time and dedication to Euless.
Our congratulations go out to all of this year's winners. The dedication of a volunteer's time and energy cannot be compared and we appreciate their love and admiration for Euless. Thank you for the time and energy that you spend to help make Euless great!