Glenn A.

Sherman, IL
Nominated by Courtney Holman

Volunteered for:

Memorial Medical Center

Length of Service:

25 hours per month for 21 years

Volunteered for:

Military Museum of the Illinois National Guard

Length of Service:

15 hours per month for 12 years

February 21, 2014

February 17, 2014

My name is Courtney Holman and I am honored to nominate and recognize Glenn Allison for the Salute to Senior Service Volunteer Award.

I feel privileged to have known Mr. Allison since 2008. I co-teach with Mr. Allison's daughter, Sharon Jones. She has given me the opportunity to witness first hand the difference that Mr. Allison has made in other's lives through his commitment to volunteering.

As a younger man, Mrs. Allison served on several boards and committees for the Village of Sherman, Illinois, St. John Vianney Roman Catholic Church, The Knights of Columbus, Kiwanis Club, and other professional organizations. Giving of himself has always been a priority in his life.

Mr. Allison was awarded a plaque for the Sherman Volunteer Fire Protection District for his 32 years of exemplary service and dedication of the highest level. Following the 1969 fire, which destroyed the Allison family home, he joined the fire department as a volunteer firefighter, and later served as the Treasurer of the Board of Trustees. The plaque states that his many years of service sets a standard that is respected and appreciated by all. This plaque is proudly displayed in the Allison home.

In addition to the above service, Mr. Allison has also been a volunteer at Memorial Medical Center were he volunteers at a minimum of 15 hours weekly, and the Illinois State Military Museum, were he volunteers at a minimum of 10 hours weekly. Both of these facilities are located in Springfield, IL. This year marks his 21st year as a volunteer a Memorial and 12 years as a volunteer at the Military Museum. Being a veteran of the Illinois National Guard and serving in the Korean Conflict has given Mr. Allison the motivation to continue his relationship with the military.

Mr. Allison considers his volunteering a serious commitment. He firmly embraces and believes in their mission statements as if they were salaried positions. He has graciously given his time and talents for many years, yet it is his family's opinion that at the age of 84 years, his obligations to these organizations has a hand in keeping him young in mind, body and spirit.

The following testimonies are reflections of the above organizations and speak volumes of his character and commitment:

"In addition to our Mission statement, which he so capably supports, Glenn is a great model - for everyone he encounters - of our Behavioral Standards. He is one of the most personable, outgoing people I know. (For several weeks he would stop by on Wednesday just to put a smile in the day by asking, "Guess what day it is?") In addition to the many hours of service he gives to Memorial every week, he is also very supportive of other organizations in our community. (Have you seen him riding in a parade in his military uniform or volunteering at the military museum?) Glenn also models the importance of taking care of one's health by coming in before his shift to get in some additional miles by walking around the campus. I often acknowledge that Memorial could not do what it does without our volunteers, and I noticed Lance shared that Glenn, in addition to serving as an escort, is also a dispatcher. This is an important job and it can be challenging - many of the other volunteers are more than happy to let Glenn take that seat. Glenn loves Memorial, and it shows. The people of Memorial care about Glenn. He is very deserving of recognition. Thank you for providing us the opportunity to support his nomination."
-Ed Curtis
President and CEO
Memorial Health System

"Glenn is very committed to providing excellent service as a
dispatcher and escort. He has been a volunteer for 21 years. It is not uncommon for Glenn to make suggestions to improve existing operational processes. In addition, his ability to often insert some humor into a conversation helps develop camaraderie among other volunteers. Clearly, Glenn is supportive of Memorial's mission to improve the health
of the people and communities we serve as shown through his ongoing volunteer service."
-Lance Lahr
Director of Volunteer Service
Memorial Health System

"Glenn Allison has been and continues to be a major participant as a volunteer at the Illinois State Military Museum. Mr. Allison, a former member of the Illinois Army National Guard and a Korean War Veteran, can be found every Tuesday and Thursday at the Museum. He is a committed volunteer, serving in capacities ranging from assisting in the installation of Museum displays that show the history of the Illinois National Guard to driving the vintage vehicles in the Museum's motor pool. Mr. Allison also serves as a Living Historian or docent at numerous events, greeting the public and answering questions from visitors of all ages about the history of the National Guard. Although at age 84 he is the Museum's oldest volunteer, he often is

the spark plug who gets the others moving on a project. He is a highly respected ad valued member of the volunteer team and has contributed greatly to the Museum's success".
-Brigadier General, Stewart Reeve USA
Illinois State Military Museum

In addition to the many contributions that Mr. Allison has made, he feels as if he has gained more in return. Relationships that began as casual acquaintances have developed into meaningful and treasured friendships. He has made the world a better place and has left his mark.

In closing, although Mr. Allison is a humble man, he is well deserving of recognition. The manner in which he conducts his personal life directly parallels with the gracious manner in which he gives to others. I appreciate the opportunity to salute and honor this special man.

Respectfully submitted,
Courtney Holman

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