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Mayor’s 1st Quarter Outstanding Citizen Award Winners

Posted: May 14 2015

Press Release

Contact: Mayor McCaslin 
Phone:   (479) 271-5966

Date:  May 13, 2015

1st Quarter Outstanding Citizen Award Winners

Bentonville, AR – May 13, 2015…Mayor McCaslin is pleased to announce the 1st quarter winners of the Outstanding Citizen Award.  The 1st quarter winners are: Brenner Orendorff, Lynda Main and Walmart Print Solutions Team.  Mayor McCaslin commented when making this announcement, “We received numerous excellent nominations…all very deserving.  Nominees not chosen will remain on file for future consideration.”  Chick-fil-A of Bentonville will sponsor the breakfast to honor the citizens and organization selected for this award. 

Bentonville Public Library Teen Services Librarian, Sarah Gowdy, nominated Brenner Orendorff.  Ms. Gowdy wrote, “Brenner has volunteered in the library’s Teen Volunteer Program, and is a member of the Teen Advisory Board (TAB).  He has proven to be a community leader who is an asset to our City.”  Brenner has volunteered 194 hours through the Teen Volunteer Program plus an additional 60 hours volunteering on the TAB since August 2013, serving as the 2014-2015 Co-President, for a combined 254 hours of service.  Brenner has helped plan and participate in many teen and children’s programs at BPL, such as science workshops for kids, summer reading club, teen programs, Teen Tech Week, and Teen Read Week.  He helped organize a college and career fair to connect community teens to local colleges and universities.  He also suggested to host more life skill based programs for teens at the library.  Additionally, he initiated a service project to benefit the Bentonville community outside of the BPL to promote literacy.  The book drive was entitled ‘1,000 Books for 1,000 Readers’ with the goal of collecting gently used children’s and teen books at eight locations within Bentonville Public Schools during December, 2014.  The project exceeded their expectations, and approximately 2,000 books were collected and redistributed to seven local non-profit organizations who serve children and teens.  The TAB plans to continue this project as an annual service project. 

Sharon Shepard nominated Lynda Main.  Lynda has volunteered at Sharing and Caring for approximately 8 years, and is one of their longest serving volunteers.  Lynda helps in every area of the Sharing and Caring initiative, from taking applications all the way to distribution day.  She keeps all the applications in order and with all of the necessary paperwork.  Ms. Shepard commented regarding the winter weather in December 2013, “the weather did not stop Lynda, she made it in, boots and all!  She is very diligent.  She constantly amazes me with her accountability and dedication.”  Lynda is also an active participant in the recycling program, and brings her recycling passion to the Sharing and Caring program.  Sharon describes Lynda as a wonderful role model by giving back to our community through volunteering and saving our planet along the way. 

Angie Brooks, Volunteer Coordinator at Northwest Arkansas Children’s Shelter nominated the Walmart Print Solutions Team.  She said, “When the Print Solutions Team shows up, we know we are going to get a lot accomplished that day.” For over 2 years, this team has demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to the Northwest Arkansas Children’s Shelter by assisting their Maintenance Coordinator in the upkeep of their 65,000 sq. ft. facility and 81 acres of land.  They show up once or twice a month, ready to do whatever is asked of them.  The tasks they are asked to complete are often arduous and require a higher skill level than is typical of a corporate volunteer group.  They are always on time and often bring their own tools to ensure any task will be completed with speed and excellence.  They always come with a positive attitude, regardless of the weather or task at hand.  Several members of this team also assist the administrative staff with various projects.  In addition to coming on site to work, the team also provides volunteers at offsite fundraisers.  They have a love for the kids at the shelter that is evident in their actions and it motivates them to do whatever is needed to support the work that is done at the shelter. 

The Outstanding Citizen Award program was initiated in January 2011 to recognize the exceptional volunteer contributions of Bentonville residents.  There are three award categories: adult, youth and community group.  Second quarter 2015 nominations will be accepted until June 12.  Winners will be announced July 2. To obtain a nomination form and additional information, please visit the City’s website at www.bentonvillear.com.