Mobile Meals honors volunteers

WARREN – Representatives of Trumbull Mobile Meals showed their appreciation for the many volunteers who helped to make the agency a success.

The volunteers of all ages were recognized at the 43rd annual volunteer recognition luncheon held recently at Packard Music Hall.

New this year was the start of the Nifty 90’s Club, which recognizes any volunteer 90 or older. Honored were Alyce Chickering, Ruth Erke, Mary Nuzzi, Irene Poling, Bob Sauer and Florence Wilson.

Jean Schlect, one of the original founders of TMM, said this was the 43rd year of service.

“We can always count on our volunteer,” she said.

Schlect said she especially admires the six women in their 90s who continue to help. She noted that Chickering is an original volunteer and Wilson at age 93 is the oldest honoree.

“We call them the Nifty 90’s. They are spectacular group as are all the volunteers,” Schlect said.

“One woman was so happy to get the 35-year award and told me she would go to her 40-year award,” Schlect said.

Sandee Mathews, executive director, said plans are for this to be an ongoing club to honor volunteers who turn 90.

“As you turn 90, you will enter that club and be recognized,” she said.

Lucy Zinz, board of directors chair, said “special people” like the volunteers continue to pave the way for TMM to provide meals so that no person goes hungry.

Also honored at the event were:

Virginia Voorhies, 40 years; Hattie McNeal and Marge Spletzer, both 35 years; Usha Kurup and Katherine Riffle, both 25 years; Marge Kostolansky, Christina Kuklinca and Robert M. Laird Sr., all 20 years; and Marilyn Maxwell, Bob Tucker and LeeAnn Tucker, 20 years.

Marjorie Dangaran was presented the Marcia S. Schneider Volunteer of the Year Award. Honored as well were basket designers Linda Amadei, Rama Behari, Gail Helm, Kay James, Carol Olson and Becky Woods.