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Posted on: September 19, 2016

Stafford Seeking Nominees for Florence D. Helms Award

Stafford Seeking Nominations for Florence D. Helms Award

Stafford, VA – Stafford County is pleased to announce the opening of nominations for the 2017 Florence D. Helms Award. This award was originally established in 1975 in memory of Florence D. Helms who made significant contributions to the youth of Stafford County.
“The outstanding youth programs we have today are a direct result of folks like Florence Helms,” said Chairman of the Board of Supervisors Bob Thomas, George Washington District. “She recognized the importance of the connection between health and exercise and how important it is to establish that habit during childhood. This award honors those who have picked up the torch and continue to dedicate themselves to our youth.”
Helms, a registered nurse, passed away unexpectedly in 1975 of cancer but left her mark on the youth of Stafford County. As an active member of the Parks and Recreation Commission, she was instrumental and invaluable in establishing a volunteer program of medical examinations by doctors for sports programs in the area. Helms was also active in the early years of growth and development of the Stafford County Department of Parks and Recreation.
This award has been given to individuals who have made an outstanding contribution in the areas of recreation, education, guidance, health, or other fields in which the service contributed to the character development of the youth of Stafford County.
In keeping with the spirit of the Florence Helms Award, two annual awards may be given.
1. An award in recognition of an individual for lifetime dedication and contribution toward the development of youth of Stafford County
2. An award in recognition of a group/organization that has provided support and made outstanding contributions toward the development of youth of Stafford County
The criteria for selection of the winner include: years of volunteer service (20 years minimum), amount of dedication, fruits of accomplishments, and the degree of interest and concern for the youth with whom the candidate/organization has been associated.
The Florence D. Helms Award is the highest annual award that is given to an individual and/or organization that has made significant contributions to the youth of Stafford County. To be eligible for consideration, nomination forms must be returned to the Stafford County Department of Parks, Recreation, and Community Facilities office no later than January 31, 2017.
Please visit www.staffordparks.com or call 540-658-4872 to obtain a nomination packet.

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