EDITORIAL: The spirit of volunteerism alive and well at Enid | Ag / Energy

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Well done to Rob Holtzinger, who was named Garfield County Child Advocacy Council CASA of the Year 2020.

CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocate, a volunteer appointed by a family court judge to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children.

Holtzinger has been CASA since December 2016 and has built a reputation for being someone who can face the challenges of what can sometimes be tough work with grace and professionalism. Cases are often complex and can sometimes last for years.

He grew up in Tulsa and graduated from Phillips University. He is a mental health specialist with Integris Bass Behavioral Health Services in Enid.

It takes a special person to be CASA, and we are fortunate in Garfield County to have people like Holtzinger looking after the well-being of the children.

Thumbs upWell done to YWCA Enid Volunteer of the Year and Woman of the Year.

The 2021 Volunteer of the Year is Meri Spurlock. Spurlock previously worked at the YWCA, first becoming involved with the agency in 2001. She has worked as a child advocate in the Crisis Center and Halfway House programs, certified prevention specialist at PreventionWorkz and now a front desk volunteer. . She also sits on the YWCA Board of Directors.

The 2021 Woman of the Year is Cheryl Evans. Evans, who recently retired from her role as President of Northern Oklahoma College, has been involved with a number of Enid organizations, including the Enid Regional Development Alliance, the Greater Enid Chamber of Commerce, and the Enid Women in Business.

She has also served on multiple boards in a variety of roles, from campaign chair for United Way of Enid and Northwest Oklahoma to chair of the Council of Oklahoma Community College Presidents.

Both distinctions are well deserved.

Thumbs upWell done to Burgundy Place for their recent entertainment for residents, teachers and family.

The community of independent retirees organized a social activity on the watermelon and a large slide with a tarp, an inner tube, soap and water.

Each month, residents of Burgundy Place come together for a “Live the Full Life” meeting where they discuss potential activities for the next month. Harriett Dupus, a resident, brought a video she found on Facebook of residents of an assisted living community being pulled down a slide while sitting in a tube.

And as they say, the rest is history.

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