Marceline resident Johnnie Herndon was recognized by Lt. Gov. Mike Parson May 7 with the Senior Service Award.
Herndon was nominated for the service award by Marceline Senior Center administrator Gaye Bell.
Marceline resident Johnnie Herndon received the Senior Service award from Lt. Gov. Mike Parson May 7 in Jefferson City, Mo. Herndon was nominated by Marceline Senior Center administrator Gaye Bell for the amount of time he gives each week to the senior center.
Herndon has been volunteering at the Marceline Senior Center since 2015. In that time, Herndon has volunteered four days a week at the center working the front desk, unloading trucks and driving his own truck to pickup supplies. Herndon’s only days off are Thursdays, when he makes dinner for Marceline Rotary with the Marceline Rebecca and Oddfellow Lodge No. 112.
Herndon says the award means a lot.
“It’s an honor to receive this award,” Herndon said. “It’s just doing what had to be done.”
For Bell, she’s appreciative of the work Herndon puts in daily.
“[Herndon] makes everyone feel welcome,” Bell said. “He’s a very nice person to have around.”
Herndon serves on many committees and boards when he’s not volunteering. Herndon is a member of the Silver Haired Legislature, a member of the Northwest Missouri Area Agency on Aging, American Legion District 2 Commander, Noble Grand of the Marceline Oddfellow Lodge No. 112 and treasurer of the Marceline Rebecca Lodge No. 112.
According to Herndon, he hopes to encourage more people to volunteer.
“Anybody can volunteer, many people don’t know about the need for volunteers,” Herndon said. “The main thing is getting to come to the senior center to eat, talk and socialize.”
The Senior Service Award started in 2005 by former Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder. This year 90 winners were chosen from 152 nominees. The winners are from 77 different Missouri counties. Each recipient of the award received a pin and a declaration commemorating their volunteer work.
According to Joe Pondrom director of Constituent and Senior Services, the award acknowledges outstanding volunteer work.
“The award recognizes accomplishments of Missouri senior citizens and the work they do for their communities through volunteerism,” Pondrom said.
According to Parson, he’s proud to honor many senior volunteers.
“I am pleased to see so many seniors from across the state being recognized for their volunteerism,” Parson said.