Legionnaire Wife Recognized for Volunteer Service
2/28/2016 ~ by Suellen Reitz
Recognition for outstanding service within a volunteer service organization is something somewhat expected for those who serve above and beyond the norm, but awarding a non-member is a bit unique. That is exactly what happened at last month’s American Legion Post 149 monthly meeting when Melanie Whitt was given a certificate of volunteer excellence for her untiring support of the post’s many activities.
Whitt, wife of legion member Steve Whitt saw an opportunity to help and she jumped in with both feet in last year’s Bluegrass Festival hosted by the legion. The hours were beyond counting in the months leading up to the 3 day festival. Melanie utilized her vast experience of fund raising from her work as a member of the City of Canton Economic Development Committee and her own personal fund raising efforts when serving as a state representative.
She successfully assisted in obtaining business sponsorships, ticket sales, t-shirt design, media support and every other job thrown her way when needed. “I got involved in many areas and at times it was a little overwhelming”, she explained. “But the hard work everyone did for the festival was for a great cause. If we do something like it again, I know I’ll be involved. I really believe in tourism and want to see Pickens County get on the map.”