TULALIP — Jesica Stickles knows the good work that her volunteers are doing through the feedback they get.
Stickles, the new president and CEO of the Greater Marysville Tulalip Chamber of Commerce, recently honored the volunteers who staff the Visitor Information Center.
“I’m always hearing laughter up front from the volunteers, as they speak with our visitors,” Stickles said at the Tulalip Resort Casino April 10. “If I was a visitor, I’d certainly remember our center as a friendly place whose people gave me good advice.”
She reported that the center’s sign-in sheet included plenty of comments that praised the volunteers for their cheerful personalities and helpful services.
“Our volunteers are an invaluable treasure, beyond what we can measure,” Stickles said.
Marysville Mayor Jon Nehring deemed the volunteer appreciation luncheon one of his favorite annual events.
“You folks are often the first faces that people see when they come here,” Nehring said. “They talk to you to find out whether they should move their homes or businesses here.”
Nehring credited the volunteers with maintaining the “small town feel” of both Marysville and Tulalip, even as Marysville’s population has grown to 63,000.
“They don’t get that level of personalized service in larger cities,” Nehring said. “You maintain the reputations of the chamber and the community, who couldn’t do it without you.”
Among those who received Presidential Volunteer Service Awards at the Bronze level, for 100-199 hours of service this past year, were:
• James Eubanks, Barry Hammer, Sherri Hicks and Cathy Pama, volunteers since 2014.
• Suzanne Winkler, a volunteer since 2013.
• Cindy Guy, a volunteer since 2012.
• Ingrid and Peter Schneider, volunteers since 2009.
• Donna Leifer, a volunteer since 2008.
• Tim King, a volunteer since 2003.
“Treasured Volunteers” included Tom Davis, Jeri DuBeau, Ken Rankin and Carrie Wells.
“These volunteers gave the most precious thing in their lives; their time,” past chair John Bell said.