February 4, 2014 > Volunteers recognized
Submitted By Dina Lewis
The Hayward Area Recreation and Park District (H.A.R.D.) Board recognized the following individuals and organizations:
Volunteer of the Month: Ms. Alexis-Marie Stoy
Staff reported that Ms. Alexis-Marie Stoy is an enthusiastic and hard-working volunteer in the Volunteer Hayward Program. Alexis-Marie is a mature, senior student at Redwood Christian High School in Castro Valley. She first came to Volunteer Hayward during the 2012 holiday season. Stoy began helping with clerical items, such as typing, answering phones and other clerical duties, but she quickly expanded her duties, because of her willingness to take on additional tasks. Her enthusiasm and eagerness to work had her volunteer with other programs and activities such as at the Hayward Senior Center, City of Hayward National Volunteer Week Celebrations, the Helping Hands event and the City of HaywardÕs Community Engagement Open House. During her time volunteering with Volunteer Hayward, she has made an enormous impact on the community. Ms. Stoy will be ending her volunteer work after the 2013-14 school year to attend college.
2013 Individual Award Ð Jana and Jeff Gordin
This yearÕs Individual Award recipients are Jana and Jeff Gordin, who are being honored for the establishment and on-going support of the ÒKaren Gordin Scholarship FundÓ. This fund was established in 2001 in memory of their daughter and District employee, Lifeguard Karen Gordin who was killed on her way to work at the Hayward Plunge.
Since the fundÕs establishment the Gordins have supported fundraising efforts, events and donations that have raised funds that have benefited over 24 local area lifeguards with their college educations. In addition, funds have provided hundreds of low-income youth swimming lessons and swim team scholarships. Since 2001 funds in excess of $28,000 have been donated back to the District from the Karen Gordin Foundation.
The Gordins have continued to demonstrate their commitment to our District and to their daughterÕs legacy by directly contributing to the improvement of the quality of life in our community. Jana and Jeff Gordin were nominated by Recreation Supervisor Nicole Roa.
2013 Organization Award Ð Castro Valley Rotary
The Organization Award for 2013 was presented to the Castro Valley Rotary. For over 40 years this organization has engaged people in an endeavor and partnership of building a better community. The Castro Valley RotaryÕs mission is to raise funds and awareness to improve lives Ð both internationally and locally.
The Castro Valley Rotary has continued to partner with our District programs in many valuable ways. During 2013 the Castro Valley Rotary donated volunteer time and funds to support the Ashland Holiday Gift Giveaway, Sulphur Creek Nature Center and hosted a Thanksgiving luncheon for 150 seniors in Castro Valley. In addition, the Rotary has raised several thousands of dollars to support clean water initiatives, hospital access and polio eradication in developing countries. Over past years, the Rotary has been instrumental in contributing funds to several District projects including the 2011 design and installation of the Sulphur Creek Owl Cam.