Menke, executive director of Hope Haven, honored Hope Haven's volunteers Saturday with Presidential Volunteer Service Awards for hours they logged in 2008.
Honorees included Katie Plasters (Bronze for 62.5 hours), Vanessa Thompson (Gold for 139.75 hours), Kayla Kirkpatrick (Gold for 210 hours), Kori Kirkpatrick (Gold for 218.5 hours), Biley Goff (Gold for 283 hours), Colleen Haulk (Gold for 374.75 hours) and Glenda Brickler (Gold for 277 hours), Delma Klindt (Gold for 2,464.75 hours and Lifetime award for more than 6,290 hours) and Menke (Gold for 2,500 hours and Lifetime award for more than 10,000 hours).
The group received a certificate, pin and a letter signed by former President George W. Bush, who created the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation in 2003. His idea was "to help recognize valuable contributions volunteers make to the nation," the council's Web site stated.
The council is chaired by two-time Super Bowl champion Darrell Green and is co-chaired by former senators Robert Dole and John Glenn.
The estimated dollar value of volunteer hours is $20.25 for 2008, which is up from 2007 at $19.51.