Jill Vandevoort, Pella Convention & Visitors Bureau Director received a 2014 Governor’s Volunteer Award from Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds during a special recognition ceremony held Wednesday, June 18.
Vandevoort was honored with an Individual Length of Service Award by the Iowa Economic Development Authority-Iowa Tourism Office for her length of 10+years of service to Iowa’s tourism industry.
“The Governor and I are strong believers that our community volunteers, charitable non-profits and faith-based institutions are often best equipped to provide long-term solutions to the challenges we face,” said Lt. Governor Reynolds. “Some of our most promising and cost-effective solutions to literacy, disaster response, drop-out prevention, and community development are fueled by tapping into our best assets-our people and our volunteer spirit.”
The Governor’s Volunteer Award program was created in 1982, with inaugural awards presented in 1983. What began as a small program for state government agencies, has expanded over the years and now provides all Iowa nonprofit, charitable and government organizations with an easy way to honor their volunteers with a prestigious state-level award. Hundreds of volunteers are recognized each year with awards in one of four categories: Individual, Group, Length of Service or Disaster Volunteer.
Award criteria include an individual or group who has:
-Demonstrated exceptional commitment to volunteerism by helping with a special project or ongoing activities
-Demonstrated exemplary leadership, creativity, cooperation and hard work in service to others
-Made an outstanding contribution to state or community through volunteer service
Vandevoort dedicates numerous hours to the success of tourism throughout the state of Iowa by her continued role as a Central Iowa Regional State Board Member, this year serving as President. Vandevoort has been involved with the region for now 13 years serving on a variety of committees as well as the Board of Directors for now her second term.
The Governor’s Volunteer Award Program is coordinated by the Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service and the Governor’s Office. For more information, visit www.volunteeriowa.org/awards or call 515.725.3094.