April is Volunteer Appreciation Month, and in the spirit of the month city officials spent a few hours Tuesday night to acknowledge the dedication of those who volunteer for the various city boards, commissions and councils at the Lakewood Golf and Country Club.
“The board of mayor and aldermen appreciates very much the work of the city government’s independent agencies, and wants to recognize their work,” Mayor Lane Curlee said.
During his opening remarks, Curlee highlighted that the “volunteer spirit is alive and well in Tullahoma,” citing the willingness of those who serve the city through the various agencies.
“Each of you has a critical role to play in our city government,” he said.
“The city government has 13 independent agencies with 75 individuals providing leadership. All are integral to the smooth and orderly operation of our city government.”
According to the mayor, those 75 individuals have helped make Tullahoma the number 18 micropolitan city in the United States, as well as one of the smallest gigabit cities in the nation, and one of the two “fittest cities in Middle Tennessee.”
“Through your leadership,” he said to the honorees, “you are making a difference. Giving your time, energy, passion and expertise makes a profoundly positive difference in the lives of all Tullahoma citizens.”
Representatives from all 13 boards, commissions and councils were in attendance, including representatives from Elk River Public Utility District which, while not a city government agency, works with the city government on a routine basis to serve thousands of customers “across two counties,” according to Curlee.
Throughout the night, each of the aldermen, as well as Baltz, addressed the audience to publicly thank the members of the boards for which they liaison.
Also receiving special acknowledgement by Curlee were Michael Celiberti, who serves as the Tullahoma High School Youth Mayor for Mayor’s Youth Council, Baltz and City Attorney Steve Worsham.
In addition to the public accolades, each board was presented with a book on the importance of volunteering and the spirit of volunteerism, “a token of our appreciation for your work,” according to Curlee.
The books of choice were “Chicken Soup for the Soul” books on volunteering, “Chicken Soup for the Volunteer’s Soul” or “Volunteering and Giving Back.”
In closing, Curlee thanked all those who dedicate their free time to head and work with the various city agencies, saying all their hard work contributed to keeping Tullahoma as a “world-class community.”
“Thank you again for your work. We appreciate each and every one of you.”
Erin McCullough may be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.