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Representatives of the County's 23,501 Volunteers To Be Honored April 18

County Executive Office - Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 4, 2000

Contact: Diane Thomas
(714) 834-6203

Representatives of the County’s 23,501 Volunteers To Be Honored April 18

(Santa Ana) – An 81-year-old credited with more than 4,000 hours of volunteer service, a Vietnam veteran, and a volunteer who bakes cookies to help troubled kids open up are some of the 41 individuals to be honored April 18 by the Board of Supervisors. This year’s honorees will be recognized at the fourth annual County of Orange volunteer recognition ceremony at 8 a.m. prior to the regular Board of Supervisors meeting.

The ceremony’s honorees represent 23,501 volunteers and 694,267 hours of service that are valued at nearly $13.5 million in avoided costs for the County government.

The outstanding volunteers, student interns and reserves represent 13 County agencies, departments and four external groups.

Eighty-one year-old Jim Parker is a charter member of the City of San Juan Capistrano’s Associated Senior Action Program (ASAP) and has been a key member of the program for eight years. He is the first volunteer to achieve the milestone of 4,000 hours of service to the city through this program which involves seniors in the community and works closely with law enforcement personnel.

Parker has assisted with the Swallow’s Day parade, the annual Holiday Tree Lighting program, Senior’s Flu Shot Clinics, Storytelling Festival, and the funeral service for Sheriff’s Deputy Brad Riches. In addition, he is the co-coordinator of the Van Patrol, an organization that performs vacation home checks, observes activity in the city’s parks and assists in the issuing of parking citations, in addition to other activities.

As of last March, Parker had recorded 4,279 hours of volunteer service since 1992.

Sergeant Michael Lynn has spent most of his life in the service of either his country or his county. After 14 years in the Marine Corps, Lynn transferred to the Army and completed an additional 10 years of service before being honorably discharged as a decorated Vietnam veteran.

In December 1990, Lynn was sworn in as a reserve deputy sheriff for the Orange County Sheriff’s Department and was soon a member of the Coroner Support Unit that was struggling to establish itself as a functional part of the department. Within a year Lynn was promoted to Sergeant and it was his leadership abilities that made the unit a productive part of the Coroner Division.

Today the Coroner Support Unit continues to expand as Lynn can often be found at schools and gatherings throughout the County showing off "Chuck the Truck" to children as part of the Department’s drug education program.

Since 1990, Lynn has volunteered more than 5,000 hours to his community – more than 840 in 1999 alone.

Dyanne Gilliam began as a Volunteer in Probation in 1989, giving Juvenile Hall Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) panel presentations. "She is a dynamic public speaker who enjoys giving back to at-risk youth and relates well to troubled adolescents, having been one herself," said Diane Mata, Deputy Probation Officer and volunteer coordinator.

In addition to her message of recovery through AA panels, Gilliam has become known as the "Baking VIP (Volunteer in Probation)." She said that cooking with the young people she works with sets a comfortable stage for personal talks. And, in addition to preparing baked goods, Gilliam carts in bags of craft supplies during the holidays to make ornaments and decorations. She also hosts pizza parties for the youngsters on special occasions. As always, these contributions are at her own expense.

The Board of Supervisors will greet the honorees at a 7:30 a.m. reception in the lobby of the Hall of Administration, 10 Civic Center Plaza in Santa Ana. Certificates will be presented during the Board meeting awards ceremony.