Loretta Kortan has been a volunteer within the Good Samaritan Society in Tyndall, South Dakota, for more than two decades.
One could call her award for being the top Good Samaritan Society volunteer in her region a lifetime achievement honor but that would be misleading because it would minimize all the things she’s done lately.
It is safe to say the same would apply to the other regional award winners as well. This year those also recognized are Richard McCauley – Sioux Falls Village; Jack Burnell – Mountain Home, Arkansas; Judy Young – Hastings, Nebraska; Wes Underwood – Boise, Idaho; and Cathy Gasteiger – St. Ansgar, Iowa.
Normally, Good Samaritan Society locations would plan events to honor these volunteers. Not so this year, though if they’re anything like Kortan, that’s not a big deal anyway.
In describing what goes into being a volunteer for a Good Samaritan Society community, the words of one location defined the criteria like this:
“Simply put, volunteer is just another word for love. Volunteers help with activities, provide companionship, offer spiritual care, entertain with music, assist with clerical duties and help fulfill the Society’s mission to share God’s love in word and deed.”