Moffat County United Way names Al Shepherd 2014 Volunteer of the Year
On Wednesday, Moffat County United Way hosted a banquet honoring its Volunteer of the Year, an award given this year to Al Shepherd. Shepherd was nominated by Oscar King and a group of lifelong friends for his many years of service to the community.
The following is the speech given by United Way board member and City Councilor Joe Bird compiled by United Way Director Amanda Arnold, chronicling Shepherd’s lifetime of work for Craig. Bird also thanked the many volunteers in the area as part of his speech.
“The gentleman who is receiving the volunteer of the year award this year has been volunteering here in Craig for many years. He began volunteering at the young age of 12 as a Cub Scout den leader. During Boy Scouts, he would volunteer with the Ride and Tie Rodeo parking cars, which he helped with until he was 18.
This gentleman graduated from Moffat County High School in 1950 and joined the US Army in 1952. After his discharge from the Army in the early 1960s, he became an explorer scout leader for four years with the Kiwanis Club. He joined the Jaycees in 1960 and was in the club for eight years. He held the offices of vice president and secretary. He was the R&R chairman, which meant he was in charge of reporting projects and building a scrapbook to present to the state convention. He received an award for his work with the scrapbook.
In June of 1969, this gentleman joined the Craig Lions Club. He has been a member for 45 years and is still involved with it. He has been the president four times. He also been the secretary and vice president and is currently the treasurer. He has been in charge of the photo screening for kids through the Lions Club since 2002.
He has helped with the 9News Health Fair for 33 years. He was a trustee of the 6-West Colorado Lions Foundation for 10 Years. He was a volunteer for the International Lions Convention that was held in Denver in 2003. He has attended six International Conventions and two forums. He has received a Melvin Jones Fellow Award as well as a humanitarian award for his dedication and humanitarian services from the Colorado Lions Foundation.
This gentleman belongs to the Elks organization and has been a member in good standing for the last 42 years. He volunteers for the American Legion as the secretary for the monthly meetings. He handles the pull-tabs for the bi-monthly bingo sessions and has been a member for 27 years. He is a member of the honor guard of the American Legion, which presents a flag ceremony at veterans’ funerals as well as flag ceremonies to the community. He has also been the community board member for the CAPS board for 30 years. He is on the memorial committee and the board of trustees for First Congregational Church, which he has been a part of since 1961.
On behalf of the city, county and United Way, we are honored to recognize Al Shepherd as our 2015 volunteer of the year. Thank you, Al, for all of your service to this community.”
Craig Press Publisher Renee Campbell invites the community to join Coffee & a Newspaper, set for 7 a.m. Wednesday, June 5, at the east Kum & Go, 700 E. Victory Way.