Boise – Extraordinary volunteer service from throughout Idaho was recognized last week as Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter and First Lady Lori Otter hosted the 9th annual Governor's Brightest Star Awards Ceremony at Boise State University. A crowd of 500 was in attendance to honor Idaho volunteers who selflessly provide public service throughout state and beyond its borders.
Panhandle State Bank was selected as an Idaho Brightest Star in recognition of its commitment to volunteerism through its “Powered by Community” initiative and its “4-Hour Power” program.
“Powered by Community” involves 100% of the bank’s employees, helping to rebuild local economies by encouraging job development, providing “best practices” education services to local businesses, and supporting the missions of vital non-profit agencies.
Panhandle State Bank also offers employees four hours each month to volunteer for the charity of their choice. Last year, 6908 volunteer hours were logged with community non-profits through this” 4-Hour Power” project.
Governor Otter said, “The value of what volunteers contribute in communities throughout Idaho is immeasurable. First Lady Lori and I are privileged to be part of this program, and are proud of all the Brightest Stars who selflessly give to others and expect nothing in return.”
One hundred and three individuals and groups were recognized for their extraordinary volunteer efforts in six categories, including Corporation, Small Business, Organization, School, Student and Individual. The Governor and First Lady also announced the First Lady’s Choice and The Governor’s Choice Awards. The Governor's Brightest Stars are nominated by fellow Idahoans in recognition of outstanding volunteer efforts.
Serve Idaho, the Governor’s Commission on Service and Volunteerism, is a division of the Idaho Department of Labor. The Commission administers Idaho’s AmeriCorps grants program, hosts an annual conference on service and volunteerism, provides technical assistance in volunteer management, and celebrates the accomplishments of Idaho volunteers through the annual Governor's Brightest Star Awards program. For more information, please telephone Serve Idaho at 208-332-3578 or visit www.serveidaho.org