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Rose Cologne: Top volunteers receive honors

The following individuals were honored at the 2014 Rose Cologne Volunteer Recognition Dinner on April 24 at The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel. Their pictures were omitted in the original story, on April 19.

The event takes its name from the first Volunteer of the Year award winner, Rose Cologne, on April 6, 1973.

Penn State Extension Centre County

Herb Cole Jr., of Bellefonte, has served six years on the Penn State Extension advisory board and on the finance subcommittee to the extension board. With his background and experience in agriculture and familiarity with Penn State and the College of Agriculture, as well as connections throughout the state and beyond, Cole’s role on the extension board and advice on extension educational programming and operation has proven to be very valuable.

He is knowledgeable of the organization’s programs and represents Penn State Extension well. He supports Penn State Extension 4-H and has donated money to help youth enroll in 4-H who may not have the funds to do so.

Herb truly loves Penn State and believes in Penn State Extension and what it has to offer the community. He continues to volunteer and advocate for Penn State Extension because he sees the difference Extension can and is making in the community.

Cole came to Penn State from a farm in Northampton County in 1950. In 1957, he received his doctorate in plant pathology and biochemistry. He served as an extension faculty member in the College of Agriculture for 48 years, until he retired in 2005.

During that time, he was a department head, chairman of the university Faculty Senate and member of the search committee that brought Bryce Jordan and Bill Richardson to Penn State.

In 2006, he was named Outstanding Alumnus of the College of Agriculture. Cole said he believes that lifelong learning is important for everyone and that every person can contribute to the betterment of the community as a result.

State College Area

Meals on Wheels

Vic Campbell, of State College, wears a number of different hats at State College Area Meals on Wheels. He started as a substitute driver and would deliver meals when the regularly scheduled drivers could not.

He “moved up” to substitute cook, helping to prepare cold and hot meals for clients. Campbell is now one member of the regular Friday cadre of volunteers who help with food preparation and meal delivery. Every Friday morning, he arrives at 7:30 a.m. and works until 12:30 p.m. He is devoted, reliable, organized and funny.

When asked why he volunteers at Meals on Wheels, he answered, “It is a way to give back or pay it forward.”

Campbell, who has served with the organization for 15 years, is not the kind of guy to sit still during his retirement from the U.S. Navy. In addition to volunteering at Meals on Wheels, Vic works part time and volunteers with two additional programs: Special Olympics and Toys for Tots.

Child Development

and Family Council

Samuel Turner is a student intern at Discovery Child Development Center, a Child Development and Family Council program. He volunteers in Discovery’s toddler room regularly and occasionally helps out in the pre-K classroom.

Turner interacts with all the children, and parents love having a male role model in the classroom.

“Growing up, I always had a heart for helping people. … I was interested in working at Discovery because I am the oldest of seven children … I knew this position would be good for me because I have a lot of experience with my little brothers,” Turner said.

When he graduates, Turner would like to go to graduate school to become a child life specialist. He has a job working with four adult males with special needs.

The Parkside native is a member of Phi Kappa Psi, named “Chapter of the Year,” which was first in philanthropy and community and helped raise money toward pediatric cancer.

Mount Nittany

Medical Center

As a volunteer at Mount Nittany Medical Center’s emergency department and gift shop for 30 years, Susan Klein has contributed nearly 4,000 volunteer hours to date. She describes herself as dedicated and reliable.

Klein, a Greensburg native, moved to State College more than 47 years ago, working in the catalog department at Penn State. She also has volunteered with several organizations, including the American Red Cross, State College Area Food Bank, Geri Reeve Open Golf Tournament and State College Walk MC.

Centre County

Child Access Center

Shirley Boldin helps to facilitate safe child custody exchanges between parents with a history of domestic violence. Her most important role is the warmth, love, compassion and comfort she gives to the children who walk through the center’s doors. Her presence makes both the parents and children feel at ease during what can be a difficult situation.

Boldin and her husband, Tom, are two of our original volunteers who continue to provide their services to the organization. The Bellefonte native spends multiple evenings at the Child Access Center. Over five years of volunteering, she has dedicated hundreds of hours to the safety of children and their parents through her work at the Child Access Center.

Boldin is a medical billing specialist.