Genette Keas, of Plainville, was named the Rooks County Health Center (RCH) Volunteer of the Year at the annual Volunteer Appreciation event held April 20 at RCH.
The naming of an annual Volunteer of the Year was the idea of the VFW Post #8873 of Stockton. The award is named in honor of Elvera Beiker, a long time RCH Auxiliary member with a history of exemplary volunteerism in Rooks County. Dave Calvin, President of VFW Post 8873, John Berkley, JT Plummer and Judy Sander, representing VFW Post 8873 Auxiliary were present to hand the plaque to Keas. (Pictured left to right: John Berkey, JT Plummer, Genette Keas, Dave Calvin and Judy Sander)
Keas’ family, including sons Doug and Matt of Plainville and daughter Deena of McPherson made a surprise visit to be present during the awards ceremony. There were many descriptives from the many guests in attendance about Keas’ spirit of volunteerism, including commitment, caring, compassion, teamwork, involvement and joy in helping others.
The family relates that Keas has always been active in giving back to her community. Besides her work with the Auxiliary such as manning the gift shop at RCH and advocating for the hospital, she was the supervisor of the open class foods division at the Rooks County Free Fair for decades, 4-H leader, trustee of the Shiloh Cemetery, preparation of food for youth groups and events at the Plainville Christian Church and a volunteer driver taking area patients to and from chemotherapy treatments. Keas is also known for employing her baking skills to serve the community, whether overseeing funeral meals for her church or baking 35 dozen cookies at one time for a charitable cause.
Keas continues to stay active, volunteering for her church, hospital and county. She quietly pitches in and does the work that needs to be done. The award is a great big thank you and salute to Keas.