The Center for Human Services recognized 22 individuals and organizations for their service and participation in the center’s programs Friday.
Children’s Therapy Center of Pettis County board President Charles “Van” VanDyne received the Lifetime Achievement Award for his and his company’s long-standing association with the center.
VanDyne, who has worked with the center since 1998 and has been president of the board since 2003, joked he felt like a pair of brown shoes in a room full of tuxedoes.
“I did not get involved with the Center for Human Services because I wanted accolades or awards,” he said, describing his reaction to the award as “embarrassed and humbled.”
“It was the right thing to do,” he said.
VanDyne’s company, Adco, was one of the first contracts received by the center for its employees, said Roger Garlich, executive director of the Center for Human Services.
VanDyne said he continues to support the center because “they support people in need and I think it’s something that’s needed in this town.”
Garlich said VanDyne was chosen from four nominees for the honor.
“He, his family, and his company are synonymous with the center,” he said.
The center also honored Con-Agra Frozen Foods, Rod Henning of Rod’s Hallmark, Betty Rose Thompson of Broadway Lanes, George Geotz of Eddie’s Drive-In, and Maurine Bluhm for their outstanding generosity.
Volunteer Ervene Nothwehr, community service volunteers from Whittier School, and staff members Teresa Grose and Julie Acord were honored as volunteers of the year.
Community Involvement Awards were given to state Sen. Delbert Scott, state Rep. Tom Self, and Art and Sharon DeJanes. The center also named Niki Clover, Bill Dale, and Debby Sanders as employees of the year.
Five recipients of center services were honored for outstanding personal growth, including Celecia Hutton, Debra Totten, Matt Weeks, and 2-year-old twins Hannah and Dillion Watterson.
The Center for Human Services provides an array of services to over 2,000 disabled adults and children in 28 counties in the state.