Otis Orchards Member Named Volunteer of the Year

February 02, 2017 | Kathy Marson

Merlene Olmsted was awarded Volunteer of the Year by the city of Airway Heights, Wash. She was nominated by the parks and recreation department for her involvement in various outreaches including SAIL,* eldercare meals and excursions, a walking group, city council, gardens, and West Plains Support Network community classes.

Olmsted lives in Airway Heights and would also like to start a SAIL class in Otis Orchards, Wash., where she is a member of the local Adventist church. She enjoys keeping active and was surprised by the award, which was given to her at a city dinner. She received a plaque and a $100 gift certificate.

*SAIL (Staying Active and Independent for Life) is a strength, balance and fitness program for adults 65 and older. The curriculum is offered through Washington State Department of Health and is a public-domain program. Any group can utilize this program in their church, school or grange to benefit their local community.