On August 23, a gathering of CASA volunteers and supporters was held at the home of Wade and Linda O’Brian. Robyn Sautter, Board President welcomed and thanked the volunteers for their dedication to more than 80 children in Ottawa County served through the Juvenile Court system over the last year. Judge Kathleen Giesler also spoke to the volunteers reminding them that they are the “voice” of the child in the courtroom and how their insight is invaluable in making decisions for these most vulnerable children.
Several awards were given: The Rising Star Award given to a CASA volunteer with under two years of service that shows exceptional strength in professionalism and responsibility was given to Jim Olsen. The Volunteer of the Year Award given to someone serving more than two years with exceptional strength and character was awarded to Jennie Dornbusch, who logged in excess of 8500 miles and 420 hours of volunteer time on behalf of children desperately in need. The Jennie R. Dornbusch Beacon of Light award is given to those individuals that contribute their time and resources to advance the CASA program in Ottawa County. Award recipients were: Lori Clune, Ann Duez and Gary and Rosalyn Barnhill.
CASA volunteers work with children involved in the Court system for abuse, neglect and dependency. Volunteers are always needed, for more information, please contact Connie Cornett at 419-301-0225.