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Gwinnett Parks and Rec honors volunteers

Janice Rinaldo of Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation Volunteer Resources presents the Silver AWARD to Arnelle Obode. (Special Photo)

Janice Rinaldo of Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation Volunteer Resources presents the Silver AWARD to Arnelle Obode. (Special Photo)

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Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation recently held a volunteer reception and gave out awards to the following: 130 volunteer pin recipients, two Silver Star Awards recipients and 97 Presidential Volunteer Service Award recipients. (Special Photo)

LAWRENCEVILLE — Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation (GCPR) recently held a volunteer reception to recognize the valuable contributions of the volunteers who have dedicated their time to the organization in 2013.

There were 130 volunteer pin recipients, two Silver Star Awards recipients, and 97 Presidential Volunteer Service Award recipients. In all, 130 volunteers received a special volunteer lapel pin for dedicating 40 hours or more on park beautification projects, helping at special events or providing office assistance.

The President’s Volunteer Service Award recognizes individuals, families and groups that have achieved a certain standard – measured by the number of hours of service over a 12-month period or cumulative hours earned over the course of a lifetime. This award was created to thank and honor those, who, by their demonstrated commitment and example, inspire others to engage in volunteer service. The recipients were given an official President’s Volunteer Service Award lapel pin, a personalized certificate of achievement and a congratulatory letter from President Obama. In all, 49 Bronze, 24 Silver and 24 Gold level awards were presented.

Silver Star Awards, a GCPR recognition, were presented to Norman Allum and Arnelle Obode. Allum was recognized for leading the charge as head engineer with Vines Garden Railroad in 2013, serving 111 hours while operating the largest G-scale railroad in the southeast. He was instrumental in hosting the National Train Day event as well as acquiring new and younger volunteers.

Obode was recognized for her for dedication and leadership in the HOOKED Teen Club. She volunteered 161 hours during 2013, promoting teen alcohol prevention, provided leadership, facilitated team building activities and recruited additional teens to join the club.

For more information about volunteering, visit volunteergwinnett.net.

— From staff reports