Coon Rapids center recognizes its volunteers

With music, magic and dance, the annual volunteer recognition banquet was staged at the Coon Rapids Senior Center April 23.

Coon Rapids Senior Services staff members “put on the Ritz,” performing in appreciation of the hundreds of volunteers who donate thousands of hours of time and boundless energy. Pictured here are (left to right) Ann Kusie (coordinator, Chores and More), Kris Niebler (program specialist), Cindy Olson (program assistant) and Lori Anderson (facilities coordinator).Photo by Sue Austreng

Coon Rapids Senior Services staff members “put on the Ritz,” performing in appreciation of the hundreds of volunteers who donate thousands of hours of time and boundless energy. Pictured here are (left to right) Ann Kusie (coordinator, Chores and More), Kris Niebler (program specialist), Cindy Olson (program assistant) and Lori Anderson (facilities coordinator).Photo by Sue Austreng

Some 210 volunteers were in attendance at the mid-day event as Coon Rapids Senior Services staff, members of Coon Rapids City Council and city staff expressed heartfelt appreciation to the hundreds of volunteers who donate time and energy at Coon Rapids Senior Center.

“We honestly could not have our senior center without you. You are truly a class act,” Kris Niebler, Coon Rapids Senior Services program specialist, said to assembled volunteers.

Coon Rapids City Council member Bruce Sanders looked out over the crowd and said, “I see two kinds of people here. People I know, and people I’d like to know. We could not operate the city without volunteers. Thank you all so much for everything you do.”

Scott Schulte, former Coon Rapids City Council member now serving as Anoka County Commissioner, also expressed his gratitude, calling senior center volunteers “a great generation” and thanking them for all they do.

The program included a ballet performance by Miss Coon Rapids Emily Kallas, entertainment by Eric the Juggling Magician and a skit, featuring Carnac the Magnificent.

Before a team of “super duper scooper-uppers” (aka city staff members) presented lunch served by Northwest Passage High School students, a quartet of Senior Services staff members “put on the Ritz” with tux and tails and top hats and delivered a “thank you.”

“We really could not do what we do without you. Thank you so much,” said Niebler.

According to Niebler, 416 volunteers donated 32,676 hours in 2012.


Sue Austreng is at sue.austreng@ecm-inc.com

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