V!VA Luncheon Honors Outstanding Volunteer Contributions to Delaware County Community

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By Dan Wolfert—

MUNCIE, IN– On April 16, 2024, the Interurban Room at the Horizon Convention Center was filled with gratitude and admiration as the community came together to celebrate the exemplary individuals and organizations dedicated to making a difference in Delaware County. The annual V!VA (Very Important Volunteer Award) luncheon, a cherished tradition since its inception in 1993 by the Muncie Noon Rotary Club, in partnership with the Muncie Sunrise Rotary Club, once again shone a spotlight on the selfless efforts of volunteers who embody the spirit of service.

The V!VA Awards serve as a beacon of appreciation for those who generously give their time, talent, and resources to uplift others and enrich the fabric of our community.

Dr. Mia Johnson, Joann McKinney, Jamie Tweedy, and Dorica Watson were all honored with individual V!VA Awards, celebrating their tireless dedication and unwavering commitment to various causes, from healthcare to education and beyond. Their passion and selflessness serve as an inspiration to us all, reflecting the true essence of volunteerism.

In a historic moment, the first-ever organizational V!VA Award was presented to Secret Families Christmas Charity, acknowledging the profound impact of their collective efforts in spreading joy and hope to families in need during the holiday season and beyond. Their collaborative spirit and compassionate initiatives exemplify the power of community-driven philanthropy.

Additionally, the prestigious Edmund F. Ball Lifetime Achievement Award was bestowed upon Dave Bahlmann, honoring his lifelong dedication to service and his profound influence on the betterment of our community. His enduring legacy serves as a testament to the transformative power of individual commitment and perseverance.

The V!VA Awards luncheon was a poignant reminder of the extraordinary generosity and compassion that define Delaware County’s proud volunteer heritage. As we celebrate these remarkable individuals and organizations, we are reminded that it is through collective action and shared values that we truly make a difference in the lives of others.

Muncie Sunrise Rotary Club meets on Fridays at 7:00 A.M. at the Knights of Columbus, 3600 W. Purdue Avenue in Muncie, Indiana.

Muncie Noon Rotary Club meets on Tuesdays at Noon at Minnetrista, 1200 North Minnetrista Parkway in Muncie, Indiana.

About Rotary International

Rotary International was founded in 1905 in Chicago by Paul Harris and three business associates to “do good” in Chicago.  Today, Rotary is a global network of 1.2 million neighbors, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who come together to make positive, lasting change in communities at home and abroad.  The Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise. Rotary members believe that we have a shared responsibility to take action on our world’s most persistent issues.  Our 35,000 clubs work together to: promote peace; fight disease; eradicate polio; provide clean water, sanitation, and hygiene; save mothers and children; support education; and grow local economies. The Rotary motto is “Service Above Self” based on the foundation of our values of service, fellowship, diversity, integrity, and leadership.