Governor Names Local Recipients Of 2018 Service Award
By Beth Milligan | May 4, 2018
Governor Rick Snyder named 38 winners of the 2018 Governor's Service Award Tuesday - including several local recipients.
The winners represent "individuals, businesses and nonprofit organizations that were selected for their commitment to volunteerism, service or philanthropy," according to a state release. Rotary Charities Executive Director Marsha Smith is being honored with a Lifetime Humanitarian Award for her work with numerous area nonprofits, including helping to form the Women's Resource Center and Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy. Traverse City resident Connor Miller has been named a Volunteer of the Year for his work with groups including North Sky Nonprofit and United Way, as well as a 2017 project to volunteer at a different local nonprofit or charity every week.
Also from the northern Michigan area, Desiree Herrst of Bellaire was named a Youth Volunteer of the Year for her contributions in mentoring girls and young women with disabilities, volunteering for the Grand Traverse Children's Museum and her local animal shelter, and making yarn wigs for The Magic Yarn Project for kids battling cancer.
“This year’s winners have inspiring stories. They have made a tremendous impact on the lives of others through their service,” Snyder said in a statement. “I am extremely grateful for the contributions they have made for Michigan and am honored to recognize their incredible accomplishments."