CITY OF LEBANON COMMUNICATIONS OFFICE
POINT OF CONTACT: Derek Gean
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
City announces Gold Leaf Award recipients
Mayor Jared Carr has chosen the City of Lebanon's first-ever Gold Leaf Award recipients.
Carr will present Gracie Carroll with the youth award and Carol Miller with the adult award at the regular Lebanon City Council Meeting scheduled for 6 p.m. April 8 at Lebanon City Hall.
The Gold Leaf Award is a new honor that will be awarded each year at the City Council meeting closest to National Volunteer Week. The award is to honor those that give back to the City of Lebanon through volunteer service.
Gracie Carroll is a 16-year-old junior at Lebanon High School. Through the LHS-U Program and of her own initiative, Carroll, the daughter of Ricky and Cindy Carroll, has volunteered more than 630 hours since 2017. LHS-U sponsor, Laura Latall, nominated Gracie.
"I think Gracie is an inspiration not just to teenagers, but adults also. She shows that one individual can make a huge impact on their community. I am very proud of her," Latall said.
Carroll has been volunteering since she was very young. She has spent numerous hours volunteering with the Lebanon Salvation Army, and she has served at the Free Story Ministry in Lebanon. Carroll has been involved with work at area food pantries and clothing banks in the past, and she also volunteers at her church and through the LHS Serve-Lebanon initiative.
"Volunteering is a passion of mine," Carroll said. "It brings a sense of happiness to your life; if you are helping others, in a sense, you are also helping yourself."
Carroll is involved in band and choir at LHS. Following high school, she hopes to go to college and study non-profit management.
Carol Miller has volunteered more than two days a week at the Lebanon American Red Cross for more than ten years. Miller is the office manager, and she also does casework for disaster and fire clients around the area.
Jenny Solomon from the Red Cross nominated Miller for the award.
"Carol has so much care and compassion for the people she touches," Solomon said. "She is a dedicated volunteer who truly loves her community and helping people."
Miller said she started volunteering at the Red Cross following Hurricane Katrina.
"I just wanted to do something," Miller said. " Volunteering is good for your city and your country. You are helping people. When that one person comes up and hugs you and says thank you, you really realize you truly are serving God."
When Miller is not volunteering, she sews, makes quilts for her family and she loves attending Bible studies at her church, Lebanon First Baptist Church.
Several deserving community members were nominated to receive the 2019 Gold Leaf Award this year. Carr said the selection process was difficult.
"We had some very deserving individuals nominated for this award, but at the end of the day, Gracie Carroll and Carol Miller stood out. Their service to the City of Lebanon stands as an example to all our community. Volunteers are at the heart of what makes Lebanon such a great place to live."
Carroll's and Miller's names will be placed on a perpetual plaque that will hang in Lebanon City Hall with each year's recipients listed. They will also be featured on the City of Lebanon website.