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County set to honor 'Stars'

By Caitlin Rickard crickard@lebanondemocrat.com • Jan 9, 2014 at 6:00 PM

Wilson County is gearing up to hold its local banquet honoring the nominees for the 2013 Governor’s Volunteer Stars Awards.

Now in its sixth year, the GVSA is a Volunteer Tennessee initiative recognizing exceptional volunteers from each of the 95 counties in the state and is designed to recognize community members who truly make a difference.

Each year, each county in the state recognizes one outstanding youth, ages 25 and under, and one outstanding adult volunteer to be honored as the “Volunteer Stars” from the area.

Nominees are selected based on the community’s need for the volunteer service performed, initiative taken to perform the service, creativity to solve a community problem and impact of the volunteer service on the community.

This year’s committee to select the local GVSA included Ken Sweeney, Dakota Weatherford with the county mayor’s office, United Way President John McMillin, Lisa Dickson with Wilson County schools and Jared Felkins, The Democrat’s managing editor. 

Sweeney, the Wilson County GVSA coordinator, said the local banquet honoring the county’s volunteers would be Tuesday from 6:30 until 8 p.m. at the Veterans Building in Fiddlers Grove.

Sweeney said the event would honor every volunteer nominee from the county and the winners would be announced.

Zaxby’s is set to cater the event.

According to Sweeney, more than 60 people are set to attend the banquet, which he thinks will have a “good turnout.”

“Last year we had around 10 nominees, and this year we have eight in the youth category and seven in the adult category,” Sweeney said. “Last year was the first year we had this banquet event, and this year we’ve doubled the head count. I think it will be a real good event.”

Sweeney said that during the banquet a biography would be given to talk about each nominee. A representative from Volunteer Tennessee will be on hand to speak also.

The winners from each category will next attend a state banquet in March held by the governor that will honor the winners from each county.

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