Gov. Tom Vilsack will be in Storm Lake on Monday, Sept. 24, to participate in the 19th Annual Governor's Volunteer Award Ceremonies.
The Governor's Volunteer Awards honor and recognize the commitment, service and time that hundreds of volunteers contribute unselfishly to Iowa's state agencies and partnering organizations each year.
The ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. in the Harold Walter Siebens Forum at Buena Vista University on Monday. The Governor's Volunteer Awards program is a partnership between the Governor's Office, the Governor's Office on Volunteerism, and the Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service.
Also, on Wednesday Lt. Governor Sally Pederson will be in Storm Lake for the Initiation and Installation ceremony for Iowa Jobs for America's Graduates students at Storm Lake High School. The ceremony and selection of officers will be Wednesday, Sept. 26, at 11:45 a.m. in the high school media center. Pederson will be the keynote speaker. Other participants will include Dr. Bill Kruse, SLCSD Superintendent and Michael Hanna, SLHS Principal. Special visitors will be Laurie Phelan, CEO of I-JAG, Kathy Davis, I-JAG, Program Manager, and Senator Mary Lou Freeman. Following the ceremony, lunch will be provided to all participants by Bill Johnson of Methodist Manor Retirement Community.
At 1:00 p.m., a special grand opening will be held for the Daily Grind Espresso Cart, the first student-run I-JAG business in the state. This will be held in the newly refurbished Tornado Garden Cafe in the high school student center. The Chamber of Commerce will conduct the ribbon cutting, with Lt. Governor Pederson and Storm Lake Mayor Jon Kruse addressing the audience. The public is invited to attend this grand opening.