Arc of Wabash County recognizes excellence at annual dinner

Arc of Wabash County honored its employees, enrolled-individuals and friends at the organization’s annual Meeting and Awards Dinner on Tuesday, July 12, at the Honeywell Center. Those recognized include (front row, from left) Award for Personal Growth recipient Kayla Rasmussen, Community Award recipient Janet Shoue, Outstanding Merit Award recipient John White, (back row, from left) Benefactor of the Year Award recipient Doug Adams, Volunteer of the Year Award recipient Amy Moore, Employee of they Year Award recipient Grace Parker, Shelter Worker of the Year Award recipient Alexandra Traver, (not pictured) Benefactor of the Year Award recipient Pat Lynn and Industry of the Year Award recipient Holly Pfeiffer. Photo provided

By The Paper staff

Arc of Wabash County honored its staff, patrons and community members on Tuesday night, July 12, at the annual Arc of Wabash County Meeting and Awards Dinner.

This year, the dinner recognized 22 staff for their years of service and awarded five individuals for their hard work over the past year. Arc’s Board of Directors also recognized two members of the community and one business for their support of the organization.

Arc is a private, not-for-profit organization located at 595 S. Miami Street in Wabash, which has provided programs and services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities since 1954. It is also a Wabash County United Fund Agency.

Before the award ceremony, Board President Nancy Hoffman presented the organization’s annual report to the membership for the fiscal year that ended on June 30.

Hoffman also recognized 22 Arc employees for their years of service spanning from five years to 40 years. Finally, she shared some of the organization’s major accomplishments as well as information about Arc’s programs and services.

She ended the report by thanking all of the staff, board members and the families for helping to make Arc the success that it is today. 

Hoffman, together with Program Director Linda Johnson, then presented two 2016 Arc Benefactor of the Year awards Doug Adams and Pat Lynn for their many years of service and support to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities of all ages in Wabash County.

Janet Shoue, executive director of F.I.S.H., received the 2016 Community Award. F.I.S.H is a nonprofit, faith-based food pantry at which individuals enrolled in Arc services regularly volunteer.

Dexter Axle received the 2016 Industry of the Year Award for the many years of subcontract work they provide for Arc workers.  Holly Pfeiffer, Human Resources Manager at Dexter Axle, received the award on behalf of the company.

To end the night, Johnson recognized five Arc-enrolled individuals for their efforts and self-growth throughout the past year.

Johnson presented the Arc 2016 Award for Personal Growth to Kayla Rasmussen for the strides she’s made in terms of her good quality work, developing meaningful relationships and her cheerful, positive attitude.

Amy Moore accepted the 2016 Volunteer of the Year Award. Moore volunteered at the Lighthouse Mission Thrift Store where she has discovered a genuine desire to help others. Her giving heart is refreshing and her positive attitude is contagious, according to Hoffman.

Alexandra Traver received the Arc 2016 Sheltered Worker of the Year for her tremendous work ethic.  She is a steady, reliable worker who produces good quality work, and she has the tenacity to stick with unfamiliar tasks until she learns to do them accurately, Hoffman said.

Arc’s 2016 Community Employee of the Year Award was presented to Grace Parker for her quality work at the Honeywell Center. Parker is dependable, she strives to go above and beyond expectations, and she is eager to work whenever she is needed, Hoffman noted.  

The final award of the evening was presented to John White. He was honored as Arc’s 2016 Award for Outstanding Merit for his strong work ethic, reliability and positive spirit.  White’s overall performance deserves special admiration and praise and he is a true role model for others, according to Hoffman.

Pastor Jeremy Yeadon of Zion Lutheran Church in Wabash closed the evening with a prayer.

Posted on 2016 Jul 19