Volunteers Awarded


Gary and Nancy Tiffany  Tiffany


Gary and Nancy Tiffany are our November Volunteer of the Month.  They are being recognized for their continued efforts in picking up trash along Santaquin Canyon road.  About two years ago, the Tiffany’s started walking the canyon and noticed the amount of trash that littered the sides of the road. They decided to start carrying garbage sacks with them to collect the trash. They typically fill their bags on the way up the canyon then leave the bags on the side of the road to pick up on their way back down. Two years later, they are still walking the road and picking up garbage. Thanks to their efforts, the road is relatively free of garbage, up to about the Trumbolt Picnic Area. If they find something that might have value to the owner, Nancy will post on social media that the item has been found and can be retrieved. So far there have been no takers, but she continues to try and return more valuable items to their owners.

The Tiffany’s have noticed there are tree clippings, yard debris and large household items which have been dumped over the road’s edge into the canyon. There are large items near the bottom that they are not able to retrieve. This is a reminder that it is never okay to dump garbage, even tree clippings and grass, in our beautiful canyon. The landfill is very close and free to Santaquin residents for green waste.

Gary and Nancy moved to Santaquin from Arizona two years ago and are loving the area. They have children in Spanish Fork and in Arizona. Both are semi-retired. Gary was an electrician and truck driver by trade, and Nancy was a secretary. If you go into the Red Barn, you might get the opportunity to see Nancy behind the counter.

Thank you, Gary and Nancy, for reminding us that every little effort to do good can influence others to do the same.  Congratulations on being recognized as Volunteer of the Month.




Glazner  Glazner

Haylee & Hannah Glazner are being recognized as our Volunteer of the Month for a food drive they organized and carried out on July 31st, for the Utah Food Bank. As they watched the impact COVID has had on many families in our state, they felt a strong desire to help-out by collecting food to donate to the food bank. They feel they have been very blessed through this pandemic and wanted to give back in some way to help others.

For the food drive, they organized three collection stations through town and then spread the word through local church leaders, who willingly passed along the information to members. They also visited each business in town and put up flyers on their public boards or windows, put up a sign at Maverik, and they posted information through Facebook on the Indoor Yard Sale pages. Their goal was to collect 500 pounds of food, but they exceeded their goal at 623 pounds. Haylee and Hannah felt they had good participation from the members of our community and would like to thank those who donated.

Hannah and Haylee are daughters of Ben and Karrie Glazner. They share their parents with one brother. Haylee is a student at Utah State University majoring in Business and Hannah is a Payson Jr High student.

Thank you, Haylee and Hannah, for being a great example to the youth and adults in our community. You have made a difference in the lives of many.



VoM  Recognize

Santaquin Mask Sewing is a group that started on Facebook at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.  It was formed to bring together sewers, cutters, suppliers, and deliverers to provide local first responders and caregivers with face masks, in the south part of Utah County. The group has been able to construct over 400 masks!  The group consists of about 100 women in Santaquin but there were key players in the group that did much of the work. Kathleen Provstgaard saw a need in the area and contacted Rachel Cook who then helped form the group and coordinate the project. Rachel was instrumental in keeping the group going and she also created 3D Masks to donate. There were many others such as Natalie Hughes who spent a lot of time helping figure out the best way to make fabric masks and how to get supplies. When enough people were not sewing, she texted and called individuals. She asked them to sew 5-10 masks each and she got the ball rolling. Another wonderful helper was Andrea Lloyd. She has sewn almost 200 masks alone. Chyann Kindschy also made many masks and tons of bias tape.  She offered to help in any way and kept sewing until there was no longer a need. Bliss Blackburn was there in the beginning and helped get the group going as well. All these women and many more have truly shown what it means to be a volunteer and have blessed the lives of many people in our community.  Thank you for sharing your talents with those who have been on the front line of this pandemic.


VoM  VoM

Shown From left to right: Ledger Harrow, Dexter Harrow, Blake Miller, William Davis, Jasper Foy, Noah Robbins and Bridger Reimchussel. Adults in back Jim Dray, Lilon Dray. Taking the photo, Lisa Davis not pictured.

Our May Volunteer of the Month recognition goes to a group of eight-year-old boys who have taken on the self-proclaimed name of “Dinosaurs”. This group of boys meet twice a month to have fun and learn principles of character.  Each has a unique personality but as a whole they are very united. For one of their projects, they chose to clean up the litter along the side of the street.  “Just because I didn’t leave it behind, doesn’t mean I shouldn’t pick it up” became their motto. They shared that taking care of planet earth right here in Santaquin was a fun and fulfilling project to do. Surprisingly, no one in the group had heard of Woodsy Owl that says, “Give a hoot, don’t pollute!”  From the looks of it though, these young Dinosaurs do “give a hoot!” The Dinosaurs also plastered three of their neighbor’s doors on Valentine’s Day this year with hearts and kind sayings, just because it was a nice thing to do. Thank you, Dinosaurs, for setting a great example of the volunteer spirit in Santaquin City. 

 



Chelsea  Chelsea Rowley

Chelsea moved to Santaquin 14 years ago when she married her husband Rhet, who claimed it was impossible for a Rowley to leave Santaquin. They take pride in raising their four sons in an agricultural community, and are advocates for protecting that heritage. Chelsea loves being involved in the community and getting to know everyone. She is always working to support her neighbors, whether it’s watching their kids, taking over a meal, or networking together to accomplish a bigger goal. 

Hundreds of Santaquin’s youth have been taught by Chelsea through her church callings. She can often be found at Santaquin Elementary helping shape their educational experience by guest lecturing, gathering animals for farm day, helping in the class, making copies, feeding teachers, decorating doors, organizing chess club, recruiting volunteers, or guiding school decisions through School Community Council. 

Chelsea just finished a two year term on City Council, and is entering her third year on Santaquin’s Library Board. She felt prompted to start a non-profit called The Lilly Pad Project, which makes bereavement kits for stillborn babies. Through the support of our amazing community, she has been able to deliver 275 kits to hospitals throughout Utah. As the need for this service continues to grow, she is always in need of volunteers and seamstresses. Anyone who would like to know more, or become involved in The Lilly Pad Project, can contact her at chelsea@lillypadproject.org. "

Congratulations Chelsea and thank you for your volunteer work in our city!



RW  Ross

 

Ross has never met a stranger. He has a special gift for relating to anyone to find their story. He has always been this way. He is often found pulled over helping someone in need, paying for someone’s dinner or buying someone much needed groceries. His willingness to always help, in situations that aren’t “pretty service opportunities”, is inspiring. 

During his 20 years as a law enforcement and parole officer he was seen doing many things quietly to serve those he was connected with, through his job. Making sure their kids had clothes, making sure they had somewhere warm to sleep and helping them find jobs so they could learn to help themselves. In the winter, he is often found on his 4 wheeler making sure all of his neighbor’s driveways are clear of snow. He has spent many years helping to coach wrestling and other sports and activities that his kids were involved with in the community. He’s the kind of guy you are glad to call a friend. 


2019 Volunteer of the Month Recognition

Mandi

During the early part of the fire situation in 2018, Mandi saw the need to collect supplies for our firefighters and for those who would be joining our local fighters. The city was being bombarded with requests from great residents who wanted to help and Mandi was one of them. She stepped forward and volunteered to coordinate, collect, and deliver all the supplies that were being donated. She collected the items at her home, away from the fire command center, which eased the growing responsibilities of our firefighting team. She stayed active on social media to inform the residents where supplies could be delivered. She worked with our city's PIO officer to keep the right kind of supplies coming in and then delivered the supplies directly to where they were needed. Her volunteer efforts greatly benefited our community during a very stressful time. 


Manny
 

Manny is a valuable volunteer for the residents of Santaquin City. Manny’s volunteer efforts involve hosting classes to help our Hispanic community acquire their driving privilege cards so they can drive legally. Since the test is in English, Manny is able to teach the students some English and then read the questions to them when taking the test. He has helped a lot of our own community members in this way during the past year. He started serving the Hispanic communities shortly after graduating from the Utah Police Academy in 1996 and has continued this type of volunteer service in each community he has been employed as a Police Officer. Manny is a father to 7 children and married to his sweetheart Nancy. He is a big advocate for helping the community and always treats everyone with dignity, respect and kindness. Santaquin City appreciates Manny’s volunteer service.


Shane

Shane Waters is a valuable volunteer of our community. He is a member of our Miss Santaquin Committee and an employee of Nebo School District. He selflessly gives hundreds of hours throughout the year to the committee with the help and support of his family who consist of his wife Jennifer and his six children. For the past five years, he has made all of the Miss Santaquin Pageant backdrops for the stage and has constructed all of the parade floats for the royalty. The Pageant group feels fortunate to have him on the Miss Santaquin Committee and to be the beneficiaries of his beautiful designs and creativity that he magically pulls together on a limited budget. Thank you Shane, for all of your countless hours of volunteer service.


JW

Jammie is always the first to jump in and volunteer when something needs done. Her passion to serve others has influenced a great number of Santaquin’s school aged children. As if being PTA president of Santaquin Elementary didn’t keep her busy enough, she also agreed to run Payson Junior High’s PTA and represent the PTA on the School Community Council. If you’ve ever been in one of these positions, you would know this is like having a full time job without the pay!

Jammie has spent countless hours at our school helping with assemblies, parties, registration and classes. She communicates school information to the parents and is often the first person people turn to for direction. She has organized and participated in fantastic committees that decorate a hallway for every holiday, spirit week, and special occasion. These little touches bring smiles to the kids, the faculty, and all those who visit the school.

Not only does she provide snacks and meals for the teachers and other volunteers at the school, she makes them all from scratch! Jammie also provided computer clickers for all of the teachers that didn't have one. They were so appreciative! She always has a smile on her face and a cheerful attitude for everyone. The happiness she helps create at the school level translates into a happier home life when the kids get home, having a greater reaching effect than she even realizes. Jammie is a great example to all that know her.

Jammie lives in Summit Ridge with her husband and children. She spends countless hours serving in both church and school, and oversees every event to make sure it goes smoothly. She is a great asset to our community.


 

Josh

Josh Nielsen is a tireless volunteer for the city of Santaquin. He coaches every sport possible for the recreation department and then asks if he can do anything more to help out. He serves on our recreation board as well. Josh also serves as a scout leader for our community. He has an amazing attitude about volunteering and is an overall amazing person. Josh is married and a father to four children. He is an attorney and his law office is here in Santaquin.


HT

Hannah Tervort volunteers to run the Miss Santaquin program each year. She has done so for the past 6 years. This takes a lot of time every year and is a year long project that she does with a smile. She works so hard with the young women who try out and who win each year. The time and energy she puts in is commendable. The Miss Santaquin Pageant is held each March.

Cori

Cori has headed up the Little Miss Orchard Days pageants for the past several years. She organizes all aspects of the pageant and mentors the girls through all pageant preparation, service projects, and parent information night. She makes sure that each contestant feels like a winner, even if they don't go home with a title. When the pageant is over she organizes the winners and coordinates with the Orchard Days Rodeo for the ride-through on rodeo night in addition to organizing the pageant winner parade entry during Orchard Days. Her countless hours of unpaid service are a stressful joy in her life. Cori is a wife and mom of 3 busy kids and in her spare time serves as a volunteer EMT and lieutenant for the Santaquin Fire Dept.


Dan Myers

 

Dan Myers is a valuable volunteer in Santaquin City. He has volunteered to teach every class of the kids fishing class since the program started 4 years ago. Even when he didn't need dedicated hunter hours, which this volunteer work can fulfill, he would still come in and teach the kids about fishing twice a week. He has been our most dependable fishing teacher and is fully dedicated to the program. He is very patient and good with the kids. Dan's group has a lot of fun, they catch fish, and the kids learn how to fish on their own. Thank you for your service Dan!  



Macie

 

Macie Steele is always willing to help with any of the events that the city hosts. She is in charge of the Children’s Parade and Family Night for Orchard Days. She has made those events bigger and better each year. This year she coordinated the teen dance for Orchard Days as well, which was a great success. She was also the Easter Bunny at our Easter Egg Hunt this year. She always has a positive upbeat attitude that radiates to those around her. She is full of energy- even with twins who were premature! Thank you Macie, for your volunteer efforts on behalf of our community!


Pruitt

 

Waylon Pruitt is our Orchard Days Car Show Chairman and Volunteer of the Month for October 2019. He works very hard to make sure that every detail is attended to which makes the Car Show a fun family event for our community. He has chaired the event for the past 3 years. He starts contacting the numerous sponsors in January each year and then spends the next several months collecting the donations. The tangible donations are raffled off the day of the show which generates additional proceeds.  100% of the proceeds are donated to charity each year. In 2018 the funds were given to the Make A Wish Foundation to help four children. This year the proceeds were given to the Primary Children’s Hospital for four different families. His wife Heather helps him each year with the treasury duties and collecting donations. He is a father to 2 children and has lived in Santaquin for about six years. Waylon stated that he does the car show for the kids in the city to show them that if they work hard, they can accomplish their dreams. Waylon is described by our Recreation employees as having a bottomless heart and great passion for the Car Show. Thank you Waylon, for all your hard work to make the Car Show a success.

 


 

Roy

Ted Roy is our November Volunteer of the Month. He is regularly seen walking along Summit Ridge Parkway picking up trash, pulling weeds, speaking a kind word to fellow walkers and waving hello to motorists. In fact, for the past little while, he has been seen on his hands and knees cutting out weeds along the road that were poisoned by our public works crew. His goal was to make the Parkway look as nice as possible for the Grand Opening of the road extension. When asked why he spends time giving service in this manner, he said he feels it is his civic responsibility.

When Mr. Roy was younger, he spent time serving on the sheriff’s posse and the sheriff’s rescue team while his profession was school teacher to children and teens. He has six children and his five boys have all received their Eagle Scout Award, which makes each one a 4th generation Eagle Scout.

Mr. Roy would like to start a campaign called Weed Angels which would focus on teaching children how to beautify their community by doing a little bit each day, such as pulling a few weeds or picking up trash on their way to the park. He is dedicated to beautifying our community and very much appreciated by all who live in Summit Ridge.  Thank you for your service Mr. Roy!



Robbins

The Robbins are great examples of the volunteer spirit. Dave, a lifelong resident, and his wife Kalei and their four boys have been running the Squash Head 4-H Sheep Showmanship Program in Santaquin for the past 6 years. Children between the ages of 8 and 18 are invited to participate in the program and they are taught how to feed, lead, shear, wash, and present the animals at several shows before they are sold. To help offset program expenses, Kalei and Dave approach local businesses to participate in a booster program to sponsor the children. Their Squash Head 4-H Petting Zoo has become a main attraction during our city Orchard Days Celebration. 

Because many children do not live in areas where livestock are allowed, the Robbins allow the lambs to be raised on their family farm. The participants are taught money management skills to help the program be successful in future years. There is also a garden on the farm property that the 4-H students learn how to cultivate. After a successful harvest, the food is then donated to our local assisted living centers. On top of these volunteer efforts, Kalei is the Young Farmer and Ranchers Chair and Dave is the Vice President of the Utah County Farm Bureau. Their hope is that these efforts can advocate to our future generations the importance of agriculture. A big thank you to Dave and Kalei for their volunteer efforts in helping our children learn valuable life skills and promoting our agricultural heritage. 


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