Starfish awards are given to volunteers for their outstanding service and are nominated by their fellow volunteers. Presenter & HMVMC Board Secretary Ruth Edge honors our volunteers with her gifted presentation of the "Starfish Story", a wonderful narrative of each recipient, and a gold starfish pin and certificate.  

Thank you and Congratulations to all of our Starfish Award Recipients!

January 2013 Powell Starfish Award Recipients, Pastor Don Rushing,
Glenda Rushing and Cherie Bieber, RN

The Cody recipients of the January, 2013 Starfish Awards were Ruth Manley, John Torbitt, & Marcy Stinnett.

The Starfish Story
Once upon a time there was a wise man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing. He had been walking on the beach before he began his work.  One day he was walking on the shore as he looked down the beach he saw a human figure moving like a dancer.  He smiled to himself to think of someone who would dance to the day.  So he began to walk faster to catch up.  As he got closer, he saw that it was a young man and the young man wasn't dancing, but instead he was reaching down to the shore, picking up something and very gently throwing it into the ocean.  As he got closer he called "good morning!"  "What are you doing?"  The young man paused, looked up and replied "Throwing starfish in the ocean."  "I guess I should have asked why are you throwing starfish in the ocean?"  "The sun is up and the tide is going out and if I don't throw them in they'll die".  "But young man, don't you realize that there are miles and miles of starfish all along it, you can't possibly make a difference!"  The young man listened politely then he bent down, picked up another starfish and threw it into the ocean past the breaking waves and said "It made a difference for that one!"
Debbie Hamilton shown left, pictured with Ruth Edge, was the instigator of the Starfish Awards for Clinic volunteers.  A former beloved public health nurse, Debbie was a passionate and dedicated volunteer for HMVMC serving on the board and working tirelessly in fundraising.  Her move from Powell left us with an indelible imprint of her huge heart.