Robyn Mortensen, a volunteer at Holbrook Elementary and Craig Cobb and Kathy Jones, volunteers at the Bountiful Community Food Pantry, were each given plaques and the thanks of club members for their efforts in helping the community.
Mortensen has served as the director and producer, and “parent extraordinaire,” for the school’s production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” according to the school’s principal Shauna Lund.
Lund said that each weeknight after school since Jan. 5, Mortensen has held rehearsals for the play. On weekends, she moved, placed, painted and arranged risers for the students. She made a CD to give to each student so they could learn the songs. She also arranged for and will operate a sound system for the play and arranged for other parents to help. Additionally, she is a parent volunteer, helping with field trips, instructing the Masters of Music program and helping students with heir studies.
Craig Cobb is a retired business owner and a regular volunteer at the Bountiful Community Pantry.
He serves as the warehouse manager and forklift operator. He donates approximately 15 hours each week and is always available on weekends for pantry food drives. He also organizes the 200,000 lbs. of food the warehouse stores, helps to supervise the hundreds of volunteers that come to the pantry to help sort and organize the food, and always has a smile on his face, according to pantry operations manager Dave Karcher, who said, “We could not operate without him.”
Karcher also nominated Kathy Jones, the pantry’s assistant manager. She donates up to 30 hours per week or more, Karcher said.
Jones schedules volunteers, manages food purchases, and writes thank-you notes to the hundreds of people and organizations who help the pantry.
“She has a huge heart and helps to make the pantry a fun place to volunteer.,” Karcher said, adding, “These two people are very special and 1,500 people who have fallen on hard times, receive food each month because of their efforts.”
The Book of Golden Deeds is a national Exchange Club honor, recognizing dedicated volunteers who give of their time and talents to make their communities better places to live. The first award was given in 1919.