INDIANAPOLIS — For one day each spring, WFYI Public Media commemorates the spirit of volunteerism on which it was founded 43 years ago, with its annual Volunteer Luncheon and Awards Program.
This year’s celebration was April 4 in WFYI’s Ruben Community Room. The luncheon theme was “Hats Off to Our Volunteers,” and the table décor featured handmade hats and miniature top hats brimming with candy treats.
Julie Davis, a civic leader and chair of WFYI’s board of directors, spoke about the personal rewards of serving as a community volunteer. During the awards portion of the program, WFYI Public Media recognized the efforts of more than 60 of its dedicated volunteers.
WFYI’s Ardath Y. Burkhart Award was created to honor an individual who serves as a motivation to others and encourages them to achieve great things. The award is named in honor of the remarkable woman who organized a door-to-door campaign in the late ’60s to raise the funds needed to launch WFYI Public Television. This year’s recipient is Andy Peralta. As chair of WFYI’s Volunteer Relations Committee and a member of the Community Relations Committee, Peralta has assisted with a variety of WFYI events through the years, and has worked diligently to help recruit new station volunteers.
Karine Huys of Cartersburg was presented with WFYI’s 2012 Martha Sterrett Service Award. Named in honor of Martha Sterrett, a devoted WFYI volunteer who passed away in 1988, the award was established to recognize a “worker bee” volunteer who gives a generous number of hours and demonstrates leadership, education, service, and outstanding commitment to WFYI Public Media. As a dedicated member of WFYI’s volunteer force, Huys shares her leadership skills by assisting with check-in and volunteer assignments at station events; assisting as a TV pledge supervisor; and by serving on WFYI’s Volunteer Relations Committee.
The WFYI Community Involvement Award is presented annually to external groups and/or individuals who demonstrate their dedication to public media by supporting fundraising, outreach and other WFYI activities. This year’s Community Involvement Award recipients are Indianapolis’ Lori Ashby, sales/administrator at Concept Prints, Inc., and Trevor Potts, instructor of communication studies at IUPUI.
Roxanna Caldwell of Indianapolis, manager of WFYI Public Radio, was presented with WFYI’s Bright Idea Award, in recognition of her efforts to create an organizational-wide recycling program at WFYI’s headquarters. Caldwell not only secured the necessary supplies and receptacles, but also helped with their placement throughout the building and with organizing a training session for all of WFYI’s employees. As a result of her good work, recycling has become a part of WFYI staff members’ daily routine.
The Don Sandstrom Rookie of the Year Award was created to honor the memory of Don Sandstrom, a long-time WFYI volunteer committed to “going the extra mile.” The honor recognizes an exemplary first-year WFYI volunteer. This year’s recipient is Megan Bickel of Indianapolis.
Dick Nell of Indianapolis is the recipient of the Carl Wodicka IRIS Radio Reader Award. Named in honor of long-time IRIS reader Carl Wodicka, the award is given to an individual whose on-air reading skills, abilities, and contributions represent a true commitment to IRIS — a broadcast and on-demand audio service for Indiana’s print-impaired citizens.
The Diana W. Davis Service Hours Awards are named for Diana Davis, distinguished director emeritus on WFYI’s board of directors. The awards recognize WFYI volunteers who have donated at levels more than 100 hours and 300 hours during the past year, and have shown a significant weekly commitment or served in a supervisory role. Three individuals were honored for contributing 300 hours of service to WFYI: Roger Gregory, Indianapolis; Bernadette Hengesbach, Carmel; and Dean Willey, Brownsburg.
In the 100 hour category, 27 volunteers were honored for their work. They include: Joyce Arterberry, Indianapolis; William Backhoff, Indianapolis; Randy Bowen, Indianapolis; Linda Caldwell, Indianapolis; Britt Coundiff, Indianapolis; Ann Dettwiler, Indianapolis; Paul Drew, Indianapolis; Reid Duffy, Indianapolis; Derek Ellis, Loogootee; Adrienne Gorge, Fishers; Kourtney Givens, Indianapolis; James Gray, Indianapolis; Roger Gregory, Indianapolis; Katelyn Hayes, Bernadette Hengesbach, Carmel; Madeline Janicki, Indianapolis; Nina Jefferson, Carmel; Karen Liu, Josh Lozinack, Indianapolis; Amy Martinez, Indianapolis; Megan Moriarty, Indianapolis; Dick Nell, Indianapolis; Joan Rapkin, Indianapolis; Brendan Riha, Indianapolis; Marylou Rothe, Indianapolis; and Elyse Turner and Dean Willey, Brownsburg.