For Immediate Release: June 6, 2000
Contacts: Edeen Martin
Truman Library and Museum

Barkley & Evergreen Public Relations



(Independence, Mo.) – The Harry S. Truman Library and Museum volunteers have been awarded a Victor E. Speas Foundation Award for Excellence in Volunteer Management. Presented through the Volunteer Coordinator’s Council for the greater Kansas City area, the "Volunteer Program of the Year – Public Category" award was given to the Library’s volunteer program on April 5, 2000. The program received the award based on several criteria:

  1. The program demonstrated significant and innovative achievements through volunteers’ involvement to improve the community and to help the Library meet its objectives during 1999.
  2. Library volunteers played an important role in defining, implementing and evaluating the program.
  3. The program implemented activities to recruit and motivate volunteers, to provide appropriate volunteer training and to recognize volunteer contributions.

Donna Denslow, volunteer and intern coordinator who oversees the Library’s volunteer and intern programs, said she nominated the volunteer program for the local award last November.

"The Truman Library has a very dedicated group of volunteers, who are directly responsible for many aspects of a visitor’s experience while they are at the Library," Denslow said. "From greeting visitors, to educating them through guided tours, to giving outside presentations to groups and individuals, to working behind the scenes, our volunteers contribute a great deal to the overall public awareness about the Truman Library and Museum."

A blue-ribbon panel of independent volunteer managers and civic leaders representing business, non-profit, and public organizations served on the 2000 Awards Selection Committee for the Victor E. Speas Foundation Award.

The Victor E. Speas Foundation was established in 1971 and is a part of the Speas Foundations, which have established innovative and nationally recognized programs, such as school-based clinics, the SeniorLink network of services for the elderly, the community-based Network Rehabilitative Services for People with Mental Illness, and Children’s Benefits Service for Families. The Speas Foundations have long recognized and strongly supported the important role of volunteers in enabling innovative ideas to grow into highly successful programs.

The Truman Library and Museum is located at U.S. Highway 24 and Delaware in Independence, Mo. The museum is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursdays from 9 a. m. to 9 p.m., and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. The museum is closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. Admission is $5 for adults, $4.50 for seniors, $3 for children ages 6 to 18, and free for children 5 years and under.

The Harry S. Truman Library is one of ten Presidential Libraries administered by the National Archives and Records Administration.

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