A token of appreciation was given out to all the volunteers nominated for Volunteer of the Year in celebration of National Volunteer Week in the City of Torrance.

Tonight, as Mayor Scotto took the podium of the Council Chambers at the City Council meeting, the hushed silence in the room was greeted by his booming voice as he quoted the words of Erma Brombeck:

Volunteers are the only human beings on the face of the earth who reflect this nation’s compassion, unselfish caring, patience, and just plain love for one another.

Volunteers are indeed the heart and soul of the community.  Their passion and their commitment to serve continues to drive the spirit of the City and inspire the people around them.

The Proclamation announced tonight by Mayor Frank Scotto declares the week of April 15 through April 21 of 2012 as National Volunteer Week in the City of Torrance.  We recognized 19 distinguished examples of people who have contributed not only their time and energy, but their heart and spirit to the needs around them.  The majority of our volunteers recognized tonight were in their seniorhood (we created a word!), but we are proud of the diversity in age, gender and ethnicity found in the City of Torrance Volunteer Program.  The different generations who gather together in unity generate an even greater spark of community involvement and compassion, one that will offer a great platform for future generations.  Tonight serves as a reminder of how far our community has come due to the loving acts of these wonderful individuals.

For this particular night of Thanksgiving, no potatoes were mashed and no pumpkins were harmed, but hearts of appreciation and gratitude filled the room as we all applauded.  Volunteers are the lifeblood of our community.  May we continue to give thanks to them for many years to come!

Thank you so much, Volunteers!  You folks are just totally BEYOND awesome!