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Volunteers to be recognized for 19,125 hours of service

Nominations for Besana Award due Oct. 2
By: Gina Garbolino, Roseville mayor
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Volunteer efforts play a key role in helping create and sustain a first-class community, and Roseville's volunteers set the bar high each year. With April marking National Volunteer Month, the city of Roseville would like to recognize its volunteers, as well as open nominations for the Sylvia Besana Community Volunteer award. In 2008, volunteers gave 19,125 hours of their time to the city, translating into $409,175 of service. These volunteers provided cost-free expertise and labor in a variety of fields, ranging from the library, parks and recreation, electric and police departments to assisting with senior and alternative transportation programs. They also play a big part in helping the Maidu Interpre-tive Center educate visitors while honoring the heritage of Native Americans. On April 30, the city will hold its annual Volunteer Recognition luncheon to honor these residents who help make our community such a special place. The theme is “100 years of service,” in conjunction with the city turning 100 on April 10 as part of its centennial. Roseville has been fortunate to receive such dedication from its volunteers, and one of the most well known and respected is Sylvia Besana, who gave back to her community in numerous ways. A longtime area educator, Besana’s service included city and county advisory board, Roseville Crimestop-pers, the annual Fourth of July parade, Soroptimists and the Chamber of Commerce. In 2005, Roseville dedicated a park named after her. Her longtime volunteerism and community involvement set the bar high for all of us, and to honor her legacy we are accepting nominations for the Sylvia Besana Community Volunteer award. If you know someone who volunteers time for the city and is an exemplary example of volunteering in our community, you can nominate them by downloading the form at www.roseville.ca.-us/volunteer. Or, pick one up at the Civic Center located at 311 Vernon St., Parks and Recreation at 316 Vernon St., the downtown library at 225 Taylor St. and Maidu library at 1530 Maidu Drive. Submissions are due at 5 p.m., Oct. 2, and can be mailed to the city of Rose-ville, Human Resources Department, 311 Vernon St., Roseville, CA, 95678; they may also be e-mailed to volunteer@roseville.ca.us. The award recipient will be announced in November and recognized at a future Rose-ville City Council meeting. Sylvia Besana left a legacy in Roseville, so please help us honor her by nominating an individual who continues the phenomenal spirit of volunteerism that defined her.