2017 GOLDEN APPLE RECIPIENTS
Pastor Lee Miller
This award is presented each year by Applefest in recognition of someone who has helped serve their community. Brother Lee, in addition to being pastor at First Baptist Church Marionville for 12 years, is also known as the town pastor and is always willing and ready to volunteer when needed. Prior to patoring FBC, Lee and his wife Deb, "Miss Deb", served as missionaries in St Lucia (the Caribbean) for 11 years.
Brother Lee is married to the former, Deb Skelton, daughter of Bill and Lorene Skelton. They have two children, Leigh Ann and Scott, and their pride and many joys, three grandchildren; James, Adrian Self, and Gabby Miller.
Since retiring, the Millers have assisted people during two tornados in Marionville, an ice storm, formed a disaster team at FBC, and assisted various churches, conferences, and camps. Lee served on the Methodist Manor Board, the Ministerial Alliance, and wherever needed.
Congratulations Pastor Miller!
We love you and are proud to have you as the 2017 Golden Apple Award.
2018 GOLDEN APPLE
The Golden Apple Award is presented to a community member whose works are a service to our town. This honor may be awarded for charitable donations and/or time and energy put into making this world a better place.
We would like your help in nominating deserving candidates. If you know someone that exemplifies these qualities, please tell us about them. We need your input to make sure we are aware of deserving individuals.
Just click the button below to email a short essay that describes your candidate and the things they have done to deserve this nomination for our 2018 Golden Apple award. Please include your name and contact information in case we have further questions or would like to use your submission.
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2017 SCHOLARSHIP WINNER
An Ambition to Serve
Living in a community with high poverty rates has created a drive within me to serve. More than half of the children attending Marionville schools qualify for free and reduced lunches and that is just the people who are willing to take the time to fill out the extensive form. In my everyday life, I am able to see many different instances where people need help. Whether it is a single mom trying to feed her kids, or a kid at school who has only one pair of shoes, poverty is all around me. I am fortunate to not have to struggle in poverty, so I think it is only my duty to try to help those that do through community service.
My first experience with giving, that I can recall, happened when I was in third grade. The school was having its annual Canned Food Drive, and whichever grade brought in the most canned goods was rewarded with a pizza party and an extra recess. My grade and I worked hard to bring in food. We, as third graders, didn't even realize the importance of what we were doing for others. I selfishly just wanted that pizza party, and I got it. Every year since then, I have participated in the Canned Food Drive, and as I grow older, its importance intensifies.
The first time that my participation in community service really hit home for me was when my youth group helped clean up after the Joplin Tornado. During church camp, we loaded buses up and made the trip to Joplin. We cleaned up debris, handed out water, and handed out food care packages that we had made the previous day at the Convoy of Hope warehouse in Springfield. We spent all day there, and the work was long and hard. At the end of the day, I was happy to get back on the bus to leave, but all I could think about were the families that couldn't leave. They would have to come back day after day to clean up the remains of their homes and neighborhoods. It made me realize how lucky I was, and how I should appreciate the opportunity to volunteer--to help others piece their lives back together. Volunteers made a huge impact on the lives of those that were victims of the tornado.
Volunteering and participating in community service helps the community in many different ways. It creates a sense of unity throughout the area that allows it to build up to be stronger. Volunteers who take action, influence the lives of many people. They motivate others to give some time to volunteer work and it spirals from there. When the populace of a community gives a little, it goes a long way.
Not only does serving deeply affect others, but it also impacts the person who volunteers. Volunteering can open the eyes of the blind and allow them to see what other people are going through. It can cause some people to feel empathetic and creates a drive within them to serve, like it has done with me. Serving makes me feel good. It makes me feel like I am doing my part to give back, and that makes me proud.
I am very proud of the person I have become, and community service has influenced that completely. Through it I have learned to be grateful for what I have, and to not take things for granted. I have seen many situations where people are not as fortunate as I have been, but are still happy people. It made me think about all the times I have complained about something small, that wasn't really worth it. Volunteering caused me to have a reality check. I hope to continue to be able to give my time to people, and I hope others find community service to be just as important and fulfilling as I have discovered it to be.
NEXT YEAR'S INFO
Marionville Applefest will be awarding a $500.00 scholarship to a worthy individual in the spring of 2018. This $500.00 will be given annually to the student, up to 4 years, that the individual remains in school and earns a 3.0 GPA or better. The scholarship will be awarded by the Applefest Committee based on the student's essay and financial need.
We would like to encourage community service in our youth and are looking for individuals who demonstrate their community spirit through active volunteerism. Participation can be hugely beneficial. Students who get involved can expect all sorts of great things to come of their extracurricular work. You may meet a diverse group of people and learn many new things while doing community service. You may be exposed to people and activities you would have never encountered had you stayed home. Your experiences may shape the way you view the world around you. Community service can even give you a sense of purpose and direction in your later activities. Please submit an essay detailing how service to your community has benefited the community and yourself. Also, have 2 letters of reference submitted directly to Marionville Applefest at PO Box 238, Marionville, MO 65705.
Applicants must be a Marionville High School graduating senior in the class of 2018 and attending college this fall. Essays should be mailed to Marionville Applefest Association, PO Box 238, Marionville, MO 65705. Deadline for submitting the essay is Jan. 12, 2018.
Winner will be notified by Feb. 1st and must submit copy of fafsa by Feb 28th.Winner will be publicly announced at Marionville High School Award's Night.