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September 22, 2012

Lynes receives volunteer honor

Woodward, Okla. — You might see her helping with meals at the Woodward Senior Citizens Center. Or volunteering to deliver those meals to the homebound. Or perhaps she will be found helping to put together packages for military members serving overseas.

She is Pat Lynes, and recently she was recognized for her extensive volunteer efforts through the federal Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), which is sponsored locally by Opportunities, Inc. of Watonga.

On Tuesday, Lynes was presented with a 2012 RSVP Spotlight Award, which included a legislative citation signed by State Representative Mike Sanders.

Lynes said she was "shocked" to receive the honor, "and was really happy to get it."

While Lynes' selection as the recipient of a 2012 RSVP Volunteer Spotlight Award was announced during the RSVP annual banquet last week, she herself wasn't aware of the honor until the surprise presentation on Tuesday.

She said one of her friends had told her the senior center would be serving cinnamon rolls on Tuesday and invited Lynes to join her for the special treat.

When she arrived at the center she said, "I saw that a group of my friends were all there sitting at a table together and I wondered what was going on."

Then Elise Solloway, with Panhandle Nutrition, began speaking about the numerous accomplishments of a volunteer who was about to receive an award for their extensive service, which included delivering meals for Panhandle Nutrition.

As Solloway enumerated the volunteer's other achievements, Lynes said things began to sound familiar.

"I said, that sounds like me," she said. And indeed it was her.

"I didn't know I was going to get an award," she said. "I couldn't believe it."

Lynes doesn't focus much on how many hours she is putting in, but said others estimated she had spent around 960 hours volunteering over the previous year. That equals 120 8-hour days.

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