Area volunteers recognized for their work 'in the trenches'

Community Foundation of Washington County presents 'People's Choice Awards'

November 13, 2012|By ANDREW SCHOTZ |
  • Ronald Wayne Taylor, left, Jim Marshall and Noel Williams are the 13th annual People's Choice Award recipients. The foundation also gave a surprise award to Lou Scally (not pictured) of WHAG-TV and WJEJ radio for his longstanding support of the foundation and the community.
By Ric Dugan, Staff Photographer

ST. JAMES — Movers and shakers in the community get things done.

But the volunteers “in the trenches” deserve credit, too, said Kristy Smith, the program and communications manager for the Community Foundation of Washington County, MD.

Thus, the foundation annually holds the “People’s Choice Awards” to recognize good work of people out there doing it. This is the 13th year.

At a celebration at Saint James School on Tuesday, the foundation honored Ronald Wayne Taylor, Jim Marshall and Noel Williams.

The foundation also gave a surprise award to Lou Scally of WHAG-TV and WJEJ radio for his longstanding support of the foundation and the community.

Taylor, Marshall and Williams each will have $5,000 to set up a charity endowment fund through the foundation.

For Scally, the foundation solicited donations toward an endowment fund he will designate. As of Tuesday, that fund had more than $10,000 in it, Smith said.


The nomination for Taylor says “his contributions are mostly behind the scenes; nonetheless, they are important and vital to the organizations for which he volunteers.”

The foundation’s announcement says Taylor has been active in the Hagerstown Community College Alumni Association, AMVETS, the Joint Veterans Council of Washington County, the Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic, Triad of Washington County, and the Senior and Law Enforcement Together Council.

“They always say, ‘You get back more than you give,’” he said during an interview before the presentation.

“And, of course, if I didn’t enjoy it, I wouldn’t do it. Fortunately, I’ve never had to work for money since I retired, so I have the time to volunteer, even though my wife wishes I’d stay home and get some work done once in a while.”

The foundation’s announcement says Williams could have been nominated by any of several organizations with which he has been affiliated in the last 20 years.

He has been active in Habitat for Humanity of Washington County, United Way, San Mar Children’s Home, the Cedar Ridge boys’ home, Kaplan University, Williamsport Rotary, the Greater Hagerstown Committee, the Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce, the Religious Effort to Assist and Care for the Homeless (REACH) and Otterbein United Methodist Church.

“There’s a lot of giving people in this community and a lot of organizations and opportunities to get involved,” he said during an interview, “and you really should be involved in the community.”

Marshall was nominated by four people, according to the foundation.

He has been active with REACH, San Mar Children’s Home, Sunrise Rotary and the St. Maria Goretti High School board. He is a volunteer driver for the American Cancer Society and served as a Little League umpire for almost 20 years.

“I think volunteering is something anybody can do ...,” he said in an interview. “It doesn’t take treasure. It doesn’t take money. Sometimes, it takes time. As people say, time is money .... You can make a better community by giving back to the community by volunteering.”

Taylor is designating his $5,000 endowment for a Boy Scout troop connected to Paramount Baptist Church.

Marshall chose REACH.

Williams picked the Williamsport High School Rotary Interact Club, an endowment that will be administered through the Williamsport Rotary Foundation.

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