The Richard Bremer Award, given annually to a volunteer with outstanding service, went to RoseMarie Stafford of St. Philip’s Episcopal Church.
Following the opening prayer by Deacon Rosenbaum, Suzie Musquez and other hosts and hostesses from Our Lady of Victory were thanked by Executive Director Bettye Hale for the meal and planning.
Diana Braly gave an entertaining history of the Vineyard, followed by the announcing of the awards by Hale.
The top ten high point women for 2009 receiving awards and certificated were: Susan Vickery, 391 hours; RoseMarie Stafford, 192; Minnie Bruce, OLV, 153; Mary Ely, 135; Evelyn Smith, Word of Life, 111, Jennifer LeBourveau, 103; Diana Braly, St. Philip’s, 101; Sally Belew, First United Methodist, 99; and Ellene Valenta, Faith Lutheran; Alice Weyenberg of St. Joseph Catholic Church and Leticia Peña of Apostolica Iglesia with 70 hours each.
Sam Peña won the award for high point man for the fifth year with 425 hours. The rest of the top five were Kenneth Hale, Cadiz Baptist, 121; Richard Zowie, (12 years) FUMC, 60; Tony Martinez, OLV, 54; and Albert McGuill, St. Joseph, 44 hours.
Youth awards went to Samantha Berruz with 31 hours; Cory Ragland, 26; and Bryce Moyers, 21.
The top five WorkSource/Community Service awards went to Eliza Suniga, 271 hours; Melissa Carbajal, 228; Rose Ann Gonzales, 116; Norma Perez, 82; and Galvino Barrera, 66.
Board members of 2009 and 2010 were recognized. Officers for 2009 were Bill Duke, FUMC, president; Sandy Jones, Faith Lutheran, vice president; Jon Fischer, First Presbyterian, treasurer; and Kay Past, secretary.
The Vineyard staff members were commended for their excellent work. They include Lupe Sanchez, receptionist; Vera Hale and Susan Vickery, administrative assistants; Sulema Molina, general assistant, and the following supervisors: Mary Ely, sorting room; Ellie Barrera, showroom; and Sam Peña, kitchen and warehouse.
Special certificates went to Quality Carpet, Rice Plumbing, Hickey Air Conditioning, Darren Hale, Ely Electric, Ruby Roofing and R-J’s Convenience Store for assistance in times of need.
More certificates went to Marlo Sandoval, Elizabeth Villines, Retired School Personnel, H-E-B, Women of Faith Lutheran Church, Christus Spohn Beeville Associates, Gone Country 4-H, Beeville Lions Club and Altar Guild of St. Joseph for volunteer service.
Handbell choirs honored were from First Baptist, St. Philip’s, First Presbyterian and First United Methodist churches.
Christmas Angels directors were introduced by Hale. They included Sarah Carter, 12 consecutive years; Billie Yoho, 11; V. Hale, 10; Ely, Albert and Barbara McGuill, seven; Belew, six; S. Peña, five; Jane Smith and Karen Conder, four; Stafford, Valenta and Virginia Cherry, three; S. Jones and L. Sanchez, two; and S. Molina, one.
They, in turn, introduced Christmas Angels volunteers with more than 10 hours service in 2009: Ernest Longoria, 23; Joan Price, 22; Herman Conder, 20; Jon and Ann Chambliss, 18; Larry Lee, 16; Don and Beverly Hoaglin, 13; Nelda Govella, 12; Carol Strickland and Ida Faye Moring, 11 each.