Volunteer Recognition

Volunteer of the Year

Since 2000, volunteers have been recognized annually at the Boards and Commissions Volunteer Banquet, with one outstanding volunteer designated by a team of City staff members as the Volunteer of the Year.
2000 - Dan Roberts
2001 - John Schroy
2002 - Jan Greenfield
2003 - Whitney Lanning
2004 - Bill Reynolds
2005 - Sherry Talent
2006 - Robin Simoneaux
2007 - Terry Hauck
2008 - Sharon Porter
2009 - Lee Shaw
2010 - Leisa Peebles
2011 - Jennifer Carnell
2012 - Mike Barajas
2013 - Lee Shaw
2014 - Dawn Costley
2015 - Valencia Woodruff
2016 - Sharon Porter
2017 - Ozzie Cutter

Beginning in 2012, recognizing that choosing just one volunteer to honor was too challenging given the impact that City of Rowlett volunteers have on their community, two more award categories were added:

Platinum Volunteer of the Year

Recognizes a volunteer who has made a significant contribution by way of their volunteerism.
2012 - Brenda Gardner
2013 - Benny Stovall
2014 - DeWayne Gates
2015 - Barbara Grisell
2016 - Margaret Diehl
2017 - Sharon Porter

Diamond Volunteer of the Year

Awarded to the volunteer with the most hours.
2012 - Jennifer Carnell
2013 - Sharon Porter
2014 - Lee Shaw
2015 - Sharon Porter
2016 - DeWayne Gates
2017 - Margaret Diehl

Richard Huff Excellence in Community Service Award

Beginning in 2005, Rowlett Mayors have had the honor of recognizing another volunteer with this award, named for one of Rowlett's most civically engaged citizens.
2005 - Lawrence Glick
2006 - Earl Hammond, Jr.
2007 - not awarded
2008 - Jeffrey Sheldon
2009 - William Barber
2010 - Dr. Steven Leatherwood
2011 - Larry and Gaylyn Beckham
2012 - Donna Davis
2013 - Jerry Barshop
2014 - Martha Brown
2015 - Dretha Burris
2016 - Steve Walker
2017 - Whitney Lanning