Over 110 Oakland Community College (OCC) employees
and students volunteered for a total of 2,078 hours of community service
activity, the equivalent of an average employee’s year’s work, during the month
The effort, called the Founders Service Club, was
part of the college’s first annual Founders Celebration, a month-long series of
activities honoring the community spirit of OCC’s first Board of Trustees,
elected in 1964 when the college was established by vote of the Oakland County
Another of the month’s events was the serving of
celebratory birthday cake at each OCC site on March 19, the 92nd
birthday of Founding Board Chair George Mosher. Mr. Mosher is the only
remaining trustee of the original six.
In the spirit of the Founding Board’s commitment to
community service, OCC employees, students and retirees were invited to join
the Founders’ Service Club and participate in a variety of community service
“Through the work of these individuals we reiterate
the theme of service to our community pioneered by that Charter Board back in
1964,” said OCC Chancellor Tim Meyer.
Among the organizations with which the volunteers
served were the Detroit Zoo, the National Kidney Foundation, the Auburn Hills
Chamber of Commerce, the Mobile Nurse Clinic, the Waterford Library, the
Oakland Literacy Council and the Southfield Public Library. Forty-one OCC
students and one retiree were among the 114 volunteers.
Specially-designed green, silver and gold pins were
presented to participants at OCC’s annual Excellence Day ceremonies, April 19.
Green pins represent an accumulation of four or more documented service hours,
silver represents 20 or more hours, and gold, 40 or more.
The top volunteer was Auburn Hills Campus adjunct librarian
Mary Howarth of Rochester Hills with a total of 64 hours.
Ms. Howarth volunteered with several organizations
including the Rochester Hills Museum, the Rochester-Avon Historical Society,
the League of Women Voters and Rochester’s Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve.
Ironically, Ms. Howarth could not be present to accept
her pin because of a previous commitment as a volunteer at the Rochester Hills
Museum. “It’s good to realize that, along with other activities, volunteering
can be an important part of your life,” she said.
Sixty-eight OCC employees were awarded green pins, six
received silver, and four received gold. Eleven students received green pins.
Chancellor Meyer also presented each member of the
OCC Board of Trustees with a gold pin at the board’s monthly business meeting
of April 16. “The members of the current OCC Board of Trustees, who devote
countless hours to the college’s betterment, certainly merit recognition of the
highest order for their service to the college and community,” he said.
The 17 members of the OCC Foundation Board of
Directors were also awarded gold pins.
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