Boise, ID – The Treasure Valley Family YMCA (Y) has awarded four individuals with awards for their years of volunteerism and service to the Y and our community. These awards were presented at the Y’s 126th Annual Meeting on June 7th at the Grove Hotel, an event that brought people together to celebrate the successes of the Y’s cause and recognize volunteers who help make it possible.
VERN EMERY AWARD
The Board of Directors of the Treasure Valley Family YMCA established the Vern Emery Award in 1991 in memory and honor of former Y Executive Director Vern Emery’s long-term leadership of this community’s YMCA. It is presented annually to an outstanding volunteer leader based upon the following criteria:
• Long-term service to the Y and the community-at-large
• Former Service-to-Youth Award recipient
• Must demonstrate the personal qualities so characteristic of Vern, including caring, compassion, strong leadership and initiative, optimistic, positive attitude, sense of humor, ability to be a role model, ability to praise and build self-esteem in others, and ability to be a friend to all
This year, the Vern Emery Award is being given to long-time Y Board Member and community advocate, Larry Koomler.
Senior Vice President at PayneWest Insurance Group, Koomler is a devoted volunteer and philanthropist whose true passion is giving back to his community. He was a longtime member of the Y’s Board of Directors, serving on many committees and task forces and serving as Board Chair for two years. He also devotes his time and passion to the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Treasure Valley, the Idaho Business Coalition on Education Excellence, and more. To learn more about Koomler and his positive impact on our community, watch his Vern Emery Award video »
SERVICE TO YOUTH AWARD
In addition to the aforementioned awards, the Y is presenting three committed Y volunteers with the Service to Youth Award, an honor that is presented annually to individuals who have gone above and beyond over the years to help develop youth in our valley. The 2017 recipients are:
Roger Quarles, The J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation
Recognized for his work pioneering impactful change in education by leading many Caldwell School District and YMCA partnerships
Jim Cleary, MWI Veterinary Supply
Recognized for helping communities grow stronger together through many years of service on the Y’s Board of Directors, advocating for, supporting, and chairing the Capitol Campaign efforts for the new South Meridian Family Y
Kimberly Henderson, Ph. D. Developmental Psychology & Professor at Boise State University
Recognized for decades of volunteering for the Y, primarily for Y Camp at Horsethief Reservoir where she helps train leadership staff and counselors