Due to lack of my own knowledge and always reading the newspaper after the fact, I regretfully missed out on being able to nominate someone for the “Volunteer of the Year.” But before any more time slips away, I would like to recognize this person as one of the most compassionate people I know. She would be embarrassed in my bringing it to everyone’s attention because she does not volunteer for recognition, but instead for a true love of people. She once told me that people have a passion for their work, their church, their animals and certain groups. But she stated: “Her passion is people!” And I never have forgotten that because she lives it every moment of her life. She has been an example for me, and I have had several serving opportunities because of her humble, exemplary life.
She has worked at the Special Olympics every year, incorporating many other volunteers to assist. She has helped bring joy to the food bank, made sure people attend the Veterans Day assembly at the high school, volunteers time at Northwest Rocky Mountain CASA for neglected children and attends several activities at the schools, not because she was a school board member, but because she enjoys seeing the children and teens. She promotes school plays, sports and the Boys & Girls Club; was a member on the board of the Homeless Teen program when it was here; donates to Moffat County United Way and the food drive; and volunteers her time quietly to all those around her. I can’t even begin to tell you all of the names of the places for which she has volunteered her time or money because I don’t even know them all. She does it without any glory or acknowledgement. She doesn’t need an award for the things she does, but I wouldn’t feel truly honest if I didn’t make some attempt to recognize my growth in volunteer work because of the example she has been to me. Everyone needs a Karen Stillion in their part of the world because she sets a positive attitude toward giving, sharing, leading and donating her time to her passion, the people.
I, along with many others, thank you publicly, Karen, for your ever-constant vigilance and volunteer work for this wonderful community and especially for your heartfelt example of giving.