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Marysville names Volunteers of the Month
MARYSVILLE — Mayor Jon Nehring has announced Goldie Landis and Jeanne Wilson are the community Volunteers of the Month for September for the hours of friendly service they provide visitors at the Ken Baxter Community Center.
“Goldie and Jean have truly have been great ambassadors to the center’s patrons,” Mayor Jon Nehring said at the Oct. 10 City Council meeting where the two were honored. “This dynamic duo helps keep the center vital and available to seniors and all generations in our community.”
Since they began giving their time in 2009, Landis and Wilson have volunteered a combined average of 60-75 hours a month, not counting the time they spend just to drop by and see friends.
Their nominators, Recreation Coordinator Maryke Burgess and Program Clerk Jane Shafer, said Landis and Wilson’s volunteer styles mesh well, with each one bringing something special and unique to the center’s many services and activities.
Landis is a take charge, “nuts and bolts” volunteer willing to keep things running smoothly, traits she developed after a working life that included stints as a Design Engineer under contract with the Navy, and an apartment manager who brought a “human touch” to the supervising, maintenance and finance side of the job,
Landis took over the Thursday front desk shift in 2009 after a much-beloved volunteer, Mickey Shroyer, passed away unexpectedly. Landis is adored by her Thursday morning patrons, often receiving dinner invitations from them, Nehring said. Away from the center, Landis swims regularly at the YMCA, enjoys day trips and spending time with family and friends, and she is a talented sketch artist.
Jean Wilson asked about volunteering one day at a Mariners game on a Parks and Recreation outing, and she has been with the center ever since, said Nehring.
Wilson is no stranger to helping her community. As a cook, she served thousands of children through the Marysville School District lunch program until her retirement. Wilson jokes that sometimes she sees her “lunch kids” come by the center looking for information for their parents or coming in to announce their own retirement.
Wilson has three children that she raised in Marysville. Among her interests, Wilson enjoys trips to Peoria, Ariz. to cheer on the Mariners during cactus league spring training camp. She has a great fitness regimen that includes walking at least a mile a day and attending Zumba Gold twice a week.
Both ladies volunteer for other Parks and Recreation activities including the craft and art shows and as coat check ladies for the Father-Daughter Valentine Dances.