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Joplin couple named Senior Service Award winners by Missouri Lt. Governor

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News release from the office of Missouri Lt. Governor Peter Kinder:

Missouri Lt. Governor Peter Kinder today announced 35winners of the Lieutenant Governor's Senior Service Award, including Chuck andGay Whorlow of Joplin.

Lt. Governor Kinder presented the awards today (May 8)at a luncheon for the winners and their guests outside his office in theCapitol. The Whorlows were nominated by Shelly Goerz, director of the Retiredand Senior Volunteer Program of Southwest Missouri in Joplin, and by BillBlair, vice president of American Rehabilitation Ministry Inc.

For the past 17 years, the Whorlows have volunteeredin three agencies under the RSVP of Southwest Missouri umbrella. In 2012, theygave more than 2,000 hours to the local Area Agency on Aging in its HomeboundMeals Program, Spring River Christian Village and the American RehabilitationMinistry.

"Providing meals for the homebound goes without sayinghow much of an impact it has on those that would be without if not for thesemeals," said Goerz in her nomination. "The help they provide to those in SpringRiver Christian Village nursing home brings a bright spot to their days."

Blair said the Whorlows have been volunteering at ARMsince 1996. "There is no way we could repay them for the service they havegiven us," he said.

Lt. Governor Kinder presented the Whorlows with anofficial declaration and a Senior Service Award lapel pin at a ceremony in theCapitol.

"Chuck and Gay Whorlow set an example for allMissourians with their kindness and willingness to serve fulltime as volunteersin the Joplin community," Kinder said. "Their selfless service is aninspiration to all who know them."

Kinder this year received more than 150nominations for the Senior Service Award, naming 34 winners representing thestate's 34 Senatorial Districts and one at-large winner. The Whorlows won inDistrict 32.

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