The Sheriff's Office honored its dedicated volunteers at the annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon on Thursday, Oct. 30, with a theme of "Volunteers are Priceless." More than 200 volunteers offer specialized assistance and outreach to inmates at the William G. Truesdale Adult Detention Center, offering religious services, Bible study, substance abuse recovery programs, tutoring, and even yoga and meditation.
Approximately 50 volunteers attended the luncheon at the Faith Activities Center at First Baptist Church. At the beginning of the program guests viewed a video with photos of volunteers serving in the Detention Center and messages of appreciation from inmates.
Following lunch, guest speaker Fannie Allen delivered the keynote speech about the spirit of volunteerism. Ms. Allen is an expert on social and workplace etiquette and director of the Allen Etiquette Institute. A graduate of the Protocol School of Washington, the nation's leading school of protocol, Ms. Allen holds an MBA from Averett University. She is also a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve and has participated in many leadership programs in both military and civilian arenas.
Ms. Allen then joined Sheriff Dana Lawhorne in presenting each volunteer with a small gift and certificate of appreciation. The program concluded with Sheriff Lawhorne thanking the volunteers for their commitment and generosity.