Plainville resident Virginia Engborg was named the Rooks County Health Center (RCH) Volunteer of the Year at the annual Volunteer Appreciation event held April 12 in the RCH cafeteria.
Ten years ago VFW post 8873 of Stockton asked RCH to help sponsor an annual award for the Volunteer of the Year. The award is named in honor of Elvera Beiker, a long time RCH Auxiliary member with a history of exemplary volunteerism in Rooks County. The award is given in memory of Alva Beck, a Stockton native who was a driving force in the VFW in Stockton. Dave Calvin, Commander of VFW Post 8873 and Deb Niermeier, President of the VFW Post 8873 Auxiliary were present to present the plaque to Engborg.
There were many descriptives from the many well-wishers in attendance about Engborg’s spirit of volunteerism, including commitment, caring, compassion, teamwork, involvement and joy in helping others.
Amy Becker, daughter of this year’s honoree, was on hand along with her husband Keith to surprise Engborg when the announcement was made.
Speaking about their mother’s spirit of volunteerism, Engborg’s daughters Amy, Julie and Diane summarized her volunteerism by saying “She meets other’s needs, encourages and serves others in her neighborhood as well as globally, whether it’s by working for the Auxiliary, driving people to appointments, church or social events, substitute teaching Sunday School or donating to Get HOPE Global”.
“Virginia’s spiritual gift is service. She believes in community. She always has a smile on her face and never a negative word toward anyone. She’s lived her life as the best example of how to be a good wife, mother, grandmother, friend and neighbor, putting God first, others second, and herself last”.
Congratulations to Virginia Engborg, the 2019 RCH Volunteer of the Year.