Due to some scheduling issues, recognition of these two incredible people did not make it into our previous issue. But it gives us great pleasure nonetheless to announce to you our 2015 Volunteers of the Year.
In the Southeast Region, many functions are still taking root as we transition the leadership team, and Jimmy would not only have his hands full but be pulling his hair out if Julie Flores had not stepped up and completely embraced one of the most important tasks that we need done. She completely took ownership of making sure not a single inmate fell through the cracks as teams from all over the region sent Inmate Response Cards to her in the mail. Her tireless efforts to ensure every card was entered properly and quickly made Jimmy’s life that much easier as the SE Region took on entering their own response cards full time.
In the NE Region, one of our long-time Saints Prison Ministry Board members not only wore that hat again in 2015, but also took on the responsibility of chairing our Annual Charity Auction in the fall. And take it on he did! Robert Bartosz immersed himself in learning the nuances of running an auction, choosing the perfect venue, pushing foray auction-specific website, launching our first foray into online auctions, and even ending the experience by convincing our auction attendees that Billy the Singing Bass was worth bidding on! While many were involved in the execution of this event, our largest Saints fundraiser of the year was successful due in great part to Bob’s tireless efforts.
Our belated thanks to both of these very special members of the Saints Prison Ministry family!
On left: Bob Bartosz accepting the award from Executive Director, Frank Zeidler, Jr.
On right: Julie Flores accepting her award from SE Regional Director, Jimmy Cochran