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Volunteers Are Recognized

Ten Monsanto employees and one former employee were recognized recently for caring enough about their community to spend precious time volunteering.

And the recognition came from a fairly high level.

The President’s Volunteer Service Award is issued by the Points of Light Institute and the Corporation for National and Community Service on behalf of the President of the United States to recognize the best in American spirit and to encourage all Americans to improve their communities through volunteer service and civic participation.

There are various types of awards; each of the Monsanto honorees received the Bronze Award. Each employee received a framed certificate, a letter from President Barack Obama and a special commemorative pin.

The employees receiving the honor included:

  • Craig Alexander, with 112 hours for Pack 657 of the Boy Scouts of America chartered by O’Fallon Christian Church and for the board of First Baptist Christian Academy.
  • Jessica Cuba, who logged more than 124 hours with Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri Inc.
  • Linda Denny, with 118 hours for All Paws Rescue, Inc. and Metro Animal Resource Services, Inc.
  • Tamara Dupuis, who logged 174 hours for Faith Community Christian High School.
  • Stephanie Pisarski, who volunteered 120 hours for Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, Inc.
  • Howard Webb, who logged 120 hours for Champ Assistance Dogs.
  • Kendell Hellewell, who logged 132 hours with the Boy Scouts of America.
  • Jonathan Lamb, with 171 hours for the Boy Scouts of America and the C. Pond Elementary School Parent Teacher Association.
  • Julie Lohff, with 108 hours for the Boy Scouts of America and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International.
  • Robin Schlosser, who logged 130 hours with Woodland High School.

Former employee Elizabeth Effertz was honored for 106 hours for the Book Fair, Grace Hill Settlement House, and the Food Bank.

Photograph: From left, Jodi Overton, Community Relations; Jan Holloway, Senior Vice President; honorees Tamara Dupuis, Stephanie Pisarski, Howard Webb, Jessica Cuba, Linda Denny and Craig Alexander; and Deb Patterson, Monsanto Fund.

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