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Hauck, Fellenz honored for volunteer service in community

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Carrol Hauck and Don Fellenz are this year's recipients of Leona Rapp Service Awards presented by the Upper Arlington Senior Center to honor significant volunteer service.

Two longtime members of the Upper Arlington Senior Center have been honored for volunteer service to their peers.

The Upper Arlington Senior Center held an annual luncheon April 8 to recognize some 10,000 hours of volunteer service provided by its members.

That service, according to UA Senior Center Director Sally Gard, is instrumental in ensuring the center can enhance the quality of life for its approximately 2,000 members and provide daily recreation, education, health and social programming.

In addition to recognizing service by all volunteers, the senior center honored Carrol Hauck and Don Fellenz as its 2014 Leona Rapp Service Award recipients.

The award, given each year since 1999, is named for former UA Senior Center member and current Californian Leona Rapp, who volunteered at the senior center for nearly two decades.

"She gave beautiful service to the members and staff, and with a great attitude," Gard said. "In her honor, each year we recognize a male and female who has given on a consistent basis with a friendly and cheerful attitude."

Gard said Hauck has been a senior center member for more than a decade.

In recent years, she has volunteered at numerous UA Senior Center special events, and each Tuesday, she prepares the center's kitchen, Cafe UA, for the day's lunch program.

"Cafe UA is our daily lunch program and it's run 100 percent with volunteers," Gard said. "It takes 35 members every week to run Cafe UA.

"Carrol sets up for Cafe UA on Tuesdays. She comes in in the morning and gets the kitchen ready for the servers, and she helps us run monthly special events."

What's more, Gard said, Hauck never fails to bring service with a smile.

"She's here every week with just a beautiful attitude in service to members and staff," Gard said. "Some people are the epitome of cheerfulness and kindness and giving, and that's Carrol."

Not to be outdone, Fellenz was recognized for his work as past treasurer and current assistant treasurer of the UA Senior Center's senior advisory committee.

That 15-member group functions as the eyes, ears and voice of the senior center, representing its members and working to enhance and expand programming.

As assistant treasurer, Fellenz has been essential in the center's financial management, Gard said.

"He's here on a consistent basis," she said. "He's here every couple of days, working on the books, paying bills.

"He also prepares the newsletter for the Upper Arlington Commission on Aging, called 'Silver Threads,' once every two months. He is also a hospice volunteer."

Like Hauck, Gard said Fellenz's skills and service are rivaled by his positive demeanor.

"He does all that with a smile," Gard said. "He's really helpful and supportive in serving our members and staff with a great attitude.

"I think (Hauck's and Fellenz's) service gives the center character," Gard said. "It's their center, and they take a lot of ownership and contribute in a valuable way.

"Their service helps create new friendships, and it brings joy."

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