Eight Estherville Lincoln Central High-School juniors were recognized by the Estherville Rotary Club Thursday for going above and beyond in serving the community.
Receiving Service Above Self Awards were Heather Natterstad, Billy Snyder, Chris Seylar, Becca Lair, Alicia Jorgenson, Rachel Bates, Tia Bernholtz and Kayla Evans, with Natterstad receiving special recognition.
Gene Haukoos, guest speaker, offered various definitions of volunteerism, noting that if taxpayers had to pay for the volunteer fire and EMS service they received, for example, it would cost $840,000 a year.
Fortunately, that spirit of volunteerism is very widespread in Estherville and Emmet County, Haukoos said.
"Emmet County and Estherville is fantastic," said Haukoos. "Money is never a problem."
Fortunately, there are also a lot of volunteers who help put the wheels of volunteerism into motion.
"Sweet Corn Days could not happen without groups and other volunteers," Haukoos said.
Haukoos pointed to the newly formed Emmet County Volunteer Coalition as one more resource of volunteers for all of Emmet County.