Community's top volunteers honored at recognition banquet

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Hillary Gavan/Beloit Daily News (From left, back): Beloit Daily News Volunteers of the Month Steve Pomahac, Mark Rand, Don and Judy Stottmeister, Markese Terrell, Rob Hendrickson. (From left, front): Cindy Laube, Danielle Clifton, Harriet Knight-Everette, Yazmin Garcia-Martinez, Haide Reyes and Maggie Janke were honored for their service at the 39th Annual Beloit Daily News Volunteer Recognition Banquet at Merrill & Houston's Steak Joint on Monday evening.

BELOIT - The community's hard-working volunteers were honored Monday night during the 39th Annual Beloit Daily News Volunteer Recognition Banquet.

Thanks to partners believing in volunteerism the awardees were recognized in style at Merrill & Houston Steak Joint with entertainment provided by Turner High School's a cappella choir group Overdrive, which received a standing ovation its energetic performance.

The dinner event attracted nearly 120 attendees.

Volunteers receiving awards included: April 2018, Steve Pomahac; May 2018, Harriet Knight-Everette; June 2018, Haide Reyes; July 2018, Rob Hendrickson; August 2018, Maggie Janke; September 2018, Cindy Laube; October 2018, Don and Judy Stottmeister; November 2018, Brandon Hollibush; December 2018, Danielle Clifton; January 2019, Mark Rand; February 2019, Yazmin Garcia-Martinez; and March 2019, Markese Terrell.

The Volunteer Recognition Program included remarks by Editor Bill Barth and Senior Writer and Volunteer Recognition Program Coordinator Hillary Gavan. Publisher Kent Eymann was on hand to help present plaques to recipients in a moving ceremony.

The Volunteer Recognition Program is made possible throughout the year by the generosity of these sponsoring partners: (Exclusive) Beloit Health System, Blackhawk Bank, Beloit Daily News, Culver's of Beloit; (Front Page), North American Tool, Mid-States Concrete, Merrill & Houston's Steak Joint; (Newsmaker) Ace Hardware, Tricor Insurance, Finley Buick GMC, United Way Blackhawk Region and Blackhawk Community Credit Union.

Volunteers for the program are chosen by a Nomination Committee which meets quarterly to vote on the candidates.

Those who wish to make suggestions for worthy candidates can contact a committee member or request a nomination form from Gavan at

Nomination Committee members include: Joel Otto, Cecilia Ramirez, Robin Stuht, Johanna Koslofski, Rick West, Pat Foster and Marcy Reedy.

The Volunteer Recognition Program was started 39 years ago by the late William D. Behling, former publisher of the Beloit Daily News. Since that time, a volunteer has been named each month for his or her extraordinary community volunteer efforts.

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