10 get presidential recognition

LIHUE — Ten people were recognized by President Barrack Obama and Kauai Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr. on Thursday for their volunteerism.

“It’s going to be an honor to wear this pin,” Dorothy Higuchi said Thursday.

Higuchi, along with Billie Dawson, Nancy Harada, Sally Olry and Helen Yahner were presented Lifetime Award certificates and a letter and presidential pin from Obama for accumulating 4,000 or more volunteer hours over the course of a lifetime.

“Your volunteer service demonstrates the kind of commitment to your community which moves America a step closer to its great promise,” Obama wrote in the letter presented to the awardees. 

Betty Moore, Mary Werthwine, Bernda Barnard, Jan Breyer and Margaret McGinty were honored as Gold awardees, each achieving 500 or more hours of service over a 12-month period.

Kealoha Takahashi, the county’s executive on aging, said the President’s Volunteer Service Award program was created to thank and honor Americans who, by their demonstrated commitment and example, inspire others to engage in volunteer service.

Takahashi was joined by Celia Melchor-Questin, RSVP director, and Beth Tokioka, representing Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr., in making the presentations to the volunteers who were also treated to a luncheon.

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