Interfaith Senior Programs-Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) will honor 31 of their volunteers at this year’s, “Puttin’ on the Ritz” Years of Service Dinner Banquet on June 28 at Oakhill Terrace in Waukesha.
RSVP participates in the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation which was established in 2003 as a way to recognize the valuable contributions volunteers are making in our communities and encourage more people to serve. The Council created the President’s Volunteer Service Award program as a way to thank and honor Americans who, by their demonstrated commitment and example, inspire others to engage in volunteer service.
RSVP volunteers track their volunteer hours with the local office. This year, four RSVP volunteers have earned the Presidential Lifetime Award. The award requires 4,000 hours of service cumulative hours earned over the course of their lifetime. The award winners are: Barbara Hendricks, Waukesha, Joan Maier, Germantown, Jean Knoedler, New Berlin and Nancy Schmidt, Waukesha. In addition, four volunteers will receive their 20 year pin, eight will receive their 15 year pin and 16 will receive their 10 year pin including Menononee Falls resident Ludwig Stamm.
For well over 14 years Oakhill Terrace of the Laureate Group has been a part of this celebration. They have supported the dinner by providing the facility space for the event and donating all the food which is creatively prepared by their Chef and foodservice staff. When asked why this continued support, Robert Best, Executive Director, shared , “ We (Laureate Group) are committed to older adults having much to offer to society. RSVP is the personification of this idea.”
Guests will be welcomed at 5:30 p.m. with social time and appetizers before settling in for dinner and entertainment by the Berkshire on Kensington Senior Choir. The senior choir will perform hits from Broadway for the attendees. The Awards ceremony takes place at 7:15 p.m. for the honored guests.