Two of Kaua’i’s older Americans honored for service, leadership

LIHU’E — Mayor Maryanne Kusaka named Betty Moore and Robert Rask as the 2000

Outstanding Older American Award recipients for Kaua’i.

The announcement

was made at the 34th Annual Older American Award Recognition Ceremony held

recently at the County Mo’ikeha Building in celebration of May’s Older

Americans Month.

Moore and Rask were among eight seniors nominated for the

award and were selected by a judging committee for their outstanding volunteer

service to the community and personal accomplishments and leadership.

Moore was nominated by Adelino Valentin of the Sun Village Homeowner’s

Association for her involvement with a variety of community organizations

including the Kaua’i Hospice Beeper Team, YWCA Board, and the Agency on Elderly

Affairs Policy Council.

As the president of the Sun Village Homeowner’s

Association, Moore has organized many special events for the residents,

including an on-going program of providing meals from Wilcox Hospital which are

delivered to the homebound residents of Sun Village who request this

service.

Through Wilcox Hospital, Moore has contributed her time on the

Board of Directors, Wilcox Health Foundation, and the Wilcox Hospital

Auxiliary.

As auxiliary president, she coordinates the activities for over

a hundred hospital volunteers and supervises the operations of the gift and

thrift shops.

Moore also is instrumental is providing assistance to

visitors who are hospitalized and offers support to their families.

Rask,

nominated by Mary Lou Barela of Hale ‘Opio Kaua’i, Inc. and H.L. Martin of the

Contractors Association of Kaua’i, was recognized for his service to the

community through numerous organizations.

They include membership and

leadership roles with the Lihu’e United Church, Salvation Army – Lihu’e, Kaua’i

Business Council, and the Hawaii State Contractors Council.

He has served

as director and treasurer with Hale ‘Opio Kaua’i, Inc., an organization which

provides community services for children and youth.

Barela accepted the

award on behalf of Rask, . who was in Montana visiting family at the

time.

As a member of the Kaua’i Humane Society and his love for animals,

Rask and his wife were among the first Kaua’i residents to take dogs to Denver

last year as part of a program to find adoptive homes for the animals.

Rask

has provided numerous volunteer hours through the Contractors Association of

Kaua’i, serving as a member on a team of volunteers who assist the County by

reviewing construction plans for errors and cost-savings before the bid

process.

He also volunteered his time, expertise, and resources as project

manager for a home built in cooperation with the Department of Hawaiian Home

Lands, enabling a family to own an affordable home in Anahola.

Both

awardees will represent Kauai on June 9 at a statewide reception on O’ahu with

Governor Ben Cayetano.

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