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'Officer Roy' named senior volunteer of the year

Thursday, June 26, 2003

Life-long Storm Lake resident Roy Clough was honored yesterday as Community Education's Senior Volunteer of the Year at the PrimeTime Senior Enrichment program held at the Storm Lake Middle School.

Pat Cowan, director of Community Ed, said Clough "has given to his community in numerous ways throughout the years."

"Even in retirement, Roy continues to focus on making a positive impact wherever he can," she said.

Some of the highlights of his volunteerism include:

*As an original board member of Faith, Hope & Charity, Clough continues volunteering whether it be fundraising, providing financial support or putting his carpentry skills to use.

"When there has been a need for shelving or new headboards, Roy has always said yes and gotten the job done efficiently and with a perfectionist's eye for detail," Cowan said.

*Clough has over eight years with the Storm Lake Police Department as a Citizens Service Corps volunteer, where he works one day a week in the administrative office. He is affectionately known as "Officer Roy."

*A visible reminder of Clough's service to the community is evident in the downtown with the Mainstreet Park gazebo and garden area, which he and his wife, Marj, maintain in memory of their daughter.

*Clough has maintained membership in numerous civic clubs and business organizations, including the Kiwanis, Shriners, the Elk's Club, the chamber of commerce and SCORE.

*His carpentry know-how has also been put to use at Santa's Castle, whether it be building scenes or helping out anyway he can.

*He crafted the wood crafts that were sold as a fundraiser for Buena Vista Regional Medical Center's Senior Wellness Program.

*Clough has even volunteered with the PrimeTime event, piloting his pontoon boat for participants in.

"Roy is just 'there' for Storm Lake," Cowan said. "Throughout the years he has demonstrated his commitment and dedication to making Storm Lake a better place to live and work."

Clough said he was very surprised to receive the award, as well as by the reception - members of his family were present as well as members of the organizations he volunteers with. He also thanked the committee that selected him for the honor.

He said it has been a pleasure to volunteer.

"I enjoy doing it and I enjoy working with people," Clough said after receiving the award.

His reasoning on why is simple: "To make the community a better place to live," he said.

Volunteering also gives Clough a sense of self-satisfaction.

"I feel like I'm accomplishing something and helping others and just making Storm Lake a better community," he said.

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