After thanking each outstanding volunteer individually, Governor Charlie Crist addresses 2009 Points of Light recipients at a reception in the Governor’s mansion January 26, 2010.
In recognizing Dorothy Minnick recently, Governor Charlie Crist said, "Dorothy has a loving, caring heart for children in her community who need a strong adult role model. The attention and guidance she offers are undoubtedly making a positive difference in their lives."
Minnick, 90, was instrumental in the development and founding of Azalea Park Super Kids Bible Club, a local organization committed to helping at-risk youth through Bible study and mentoring. For the last 10 years, she has prepared Bible lessons, assisted in transporting children to church, taught art and crocheting and bakes four dozen brownies weekly. To date, Minnick has baked nearly 12,000 brownies for participating youth. She has also encouraged neighbors to donate school supplies to ensure participants are prepared for their first day of school.
AAA Auto Club South is the supporting sponsor of the Governor's Point of Light Award. Walt Disney World is an in-kind supporter. This program recognizes Florida residents who demonstrate exemplary service to the community. Award recipients are announced weekly. A panel of judges comprised of leaders in the areas of volunteerism and service evaluate all nominations and make recommendations to the Governor. Florida's Foundation manages the program.
Established in February 2000, the Governor's Points of Light Award program recognizes those Florida residents and organizations that demonstrate exemplary volunteer service to their community. Recipients have ranged in age from 6 years to 101 years old. The common thread is their love of their community and their belief that through volunteering, they can make a positive impact. Their commitment is what Governor Crist wants to recognize through the Points of Light Award program.
Who Will Judge The Nominees?
Five judges are selected quarterly.
How Will The Recipients Be Honored?
Honorees receive a congratulatory letter from Governor Crist and a certificate acknowledging their leadership and designating their award number (example: Point of Light, Number 126). Local media is informed of the award.
Who Sponsors The GPOL Program?
Supporting Sponsor of the Governor's Points of Light Program is AAA.