Centenarian, others to be recognized at Retired and Senior Volunteer Recognition Breakfast on Sept. 30

For Immediate Release: Sept. 29, 2014

UNITED WAY CONTACT: Mike McLaughlin, Communications Director | Phone: 785.228.5117 | Cell: 816.591.1592 | E-mail: mike.mclaughlin@unitedwaytopeka.org

WHAT:             Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of Shawnee and Douglas                                                           Counties annual Recognition Breakfast   

WHEN:             9-11 a.m. Sept. 30


9:05 a.m.  Welcome – Renae Wright, chair of the RSVP Advisory Council
9:15 a.m.  Invocation – Larry Rinker
9:20 a.m.  Recognition of sponsors and breakfast served
9:45 a.m.  Program – Kevin Doel, planning committee chairman
10:25 a.m. United Way – Miriam Krehbiel, president and CEO, United Way
10:40 a.m. Entertainment – Emmie and Paula

WHERE:           Big Gage Shelter House, 635 SW Gage

WHY:               To honor volunteers age 55 and up who remain active by contributing to their                                community in roles ranging from delivering food, working in food pantries,                                      transporting individuals to appointments, being companions to those in need,                                helping with the Christmas Bureau, tutoring and serving as mentors to children.                              More than 150 individuals volunteer through RSVP.


  • Centenarian Edna Shaffer, 105 years old, will be recognized as the eldest retired RSVP volunteer
  • Fay Lanning will be recognized as ‘Eldest Active senior volunteer” (she is 95 years old)
  • Paula Hladky and Willard Epling will be recognized as being “member of RSVP the longest” about
    7 years.
  • Darrel Whaley will be recognized as the “RSVP volunteer with most hours this past year” (about 600 hours)
  • Connie Wood will be recognized for service with RSVP, previous Advisory Council Chair.



United Way brings together people, companies and nonprofits to create positive sustainable change in our community. By focusing on education, income and health, we help more children graduate and get stable jobs, help families become financially stable and improve the overall health of our community. United Way remains dedicated to Basic Needs including food, shelter, rent and utilities, health and prescription access and safety from domestic violence.

For more than 80 years United Way of Greater Topeka has been improving and changing lives. Since 1980, United Way has invested more than $105 million into the community.