SALISBURY TOWNSHIP BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
It's been said that one measure of a community's strength is the number and quality of its volunteers.
If so, Salisbury Township is strong.
"It would be hard to run this township without what they do for us," Salisbury Township Board of Commissioners President James Brown said of the eight volunteers honored at the annual recognition dinner ceremony April 18 in the township Municipal Building meeting room.
Prior to a full-course dinner catered by Diana's Cafe, Route 309, Center Valley, each commissioner took his or her turn to honor the volunteers. Each recipient received a pin and framed plaque.
Brown honored Ralph Uff and Roy "Flip" Williams.
Uff has been a Western Salisbury Fire Department fireman for 29 years, where he's a life member and retired deputy fire chief.
"He's given countless hours to this organization and the township of Salisbury," Brown said.
Uff was nominated by Western Salisbury Fire Department Fire Chief Joshua Wells.
Williams has been a youth sports volunteer for about 20 years, including more than eight years with Mountainville Memorial Association and, since 2003, Salisbury Youth Association. He has been a baseball, football and basketball head coach, SYA basketball director and is football program statistician.
"Flip's charismatic approach to coaching promotes his philosophy of emphasizing fun while you learn. That makes Coach Williams cool and a big hit with the young people he coaches," Brown said.
Williams was nominated by SYA President Jeff Rothrock.
Township BOC Vice President Robert Martucci, Jr. honored Danielle Rothrock and Rebecca "Becky" Glenister.
Rothrock has been a Harry S Truman PTO member for eight years, serving as membership coordinator and yearbook advisor. She was a Girl Scout leader for eight years in Salisbury. She has been SYA spring and fall sports concession stand director for six years, a football and baseball team mom and kinderball coach.
"Danielle exemplifies today's typical young mom, multi-tasking to juggle the needs of work, home and family. She will cheerfully volunteer to do more than her share for any organization that is fortunate enough to list her as a member," Martucci said.
Rothrock was nominated by Salisbury Recreation Committee Chair Frank Adamcik.
Glenister has been involved with the Pennsylvania Association for Gifted Education for eight years, the last five years as president. She organizes the biannual parents meeting and works with parents, teachers, administrators and the school board in the Salisbury Township School District. She is a Superintendents Parents Advisory Committee member. She is also a Boy Scouts volunteer.
"Becky has worked tirelessly to improve and contribute to the welfare and development of the children of the township, to make Salisbury a great community to live in and raise children," Martucci said.
Glenister was nominated by Julie Bolton.
Township Commissioner James Seagreaves honored Clint Ballek, Jr.
Ballek has been an Eastern Salisbury Fire Department volunteer for 28 years, and has been its fire chief for seven years. He also volunteers for fund drives, the Santa Run and the Harley-Davidson Toys for Tots Drive.
"I have had the pleasure of knowing and serving with Clint for more than 10 years and feel that he exemplifies the essence of the word 'volunteer,'" Seagreaves said.
Ballek was nominated by Seagreaves and Chris Casey.
Township Commissioner Debra Brinton honored Dallas and Nancy Heckman.
Dallas Heckman has been an SYA volunteer for more than 15 years, including helping to build Laubach Park softball and minor league fields, in-house and traveling softball leagues director, in-house baseball coach and director, basketball coach and T-ball umpire.
Nancy Heckman has been an SYA volunteer for more than 15 years as a team mother, concession stand worker and in-house softball league coach and director. She also was a Cub Scout den mother and Brownies leader. She was a Harry S Truman PTO member and was vice president for eight years.
"I agree wholeheartedly with Frank Adamcik, who said, 'Without the hard work and dedication of people like Nancy and Dallas Heckman, the SYA would not be the organization it is today,'" Brinton said.
The Heckmans were nominated by Brinton.
Township Commissioner Joanne Ackerman honored Maggie Kernan and John Blackledge, Jr.
Kernan has volunteered with Meals on Wheels for five years. She worked for 26 years at Lehigh Valley Hospital. She and her husband, Jim, have lived in Salisbury for 48 years, and raised four children.
"She is a wonderful neighbor. Maggie is always there to help people when they are in need," Ackerman said.
Kernan was nominated by Ackerman.
Blackledge has been a Hamilton Park Athletic Association baseball coach and volunteer, where he prepares the baseball fields before the teams arrive.
"Salisbury Township should be proud of John for the time devoted to our youth. He is a definite asset to our program," Ackerman said.
Blackledge was nominated by Salisbury Recreation Committee member Francis J. McCullough.
The Salisbury volunteer recognition program was initiated in 2004 by then BOC President Larry Unger.