Volunteers honor those who give the best gift
Lin Kogle received the prestigious John von Hemert award from the late reverend’s son, Tom von Hebert. Lin’s husband, Jim Kogle, received the Adult Volunteer Spirit Award from the Volunteers of Louisa in 2013, so volunteerism is a way of life for the Kogle family.
Louisa County youth and adults were honored at the 16th annual Volunteers of Louisa (VOL) Volunteer Spirit Awards Ceremony at the Betty Queen Intergenerational Center on Sunday, April 6. The annual event recognizes the shining stars of volunteerism in the community.
Lin Kogle is this year’s recipient of the prestigious John von Hemert Award. The honor was presented by von Hemert’s son, Tom von Hemert. The elder von Hemert was a well-known Louisa community volunteer who, among other achievements, started the Louisa Resource Council.
Kogle was recognized for her decades of volunteerism, which included over 30 years in the Telephone Pioneers of America, the largest industry-related volunteer organization in the United States. Since moving to Louisa County in 1999, she has been active in Relay for Life, her church and her subdivision of Windwood Coves.
Kogle served as a past executive director of the VOL and then a member of the board of directors, holding positions of vice-chair and secretary. She resigned from VOL last year but still provides historical input when requested.
This year’s honoree was active in the formation of the Community Emergency Response Team and was certified in its first class. She was the guiding light in the formation of the Faith in Action group with the Inter-Agency Council.
David G. Grubbs was honored with the Adult Volunteer Spirit Award. He has supported many construction-related activities in the county, including most, if not all, Habitat for Humanity homes.
Grubbs not only takes a leadership role in the construction, but also brings his tool trailer to supply other volunteers with the tools and equipment necessary to do their work. His volunteer activities also extends to road clean-up and home heating endeavors.
To read the entire story, see the April 24 edition of The Central Virginian.