Platinum ulu should be awarded

Posted: Monday, March 20, 2006

Now that the Games are over and all the ulus have been awarded, we know who the winners are; but, do we know who the heroes are? The ones that deserve the platinum ulu (the hero award that comes from the heart)? Could it be those young men and women mentioned below?

The students at the schools in Kenai and Soldotna? They were right there helping the warehouse volunteers load and unload the beds and mattresses to be set up for the Arctic Winter Games athletes. Their help made a hard day a lot easier and pleasant. They all had the greatest attitude and big smiles while working as hard as they could. In some cases, they even had the beds put together before the volunteers assigned to perform that duty even arrived!

The Young Marines for all their help and assistance? They came to volunteer on orientation day and stayed with us throughout the day, stuffing and organizing 2,000 visitor guides, volunteer handbooks and information sheets into a single packet to be given to every volunteer. They also graciously performed a variety of other tasks throughout the day. When it was over, they gathered up all the remaining jackets and vests and helped pack them into the truck for the return trip to the warehouse. Another day, they showed up for a furniture-moving project, taking furniture from KPC and moving it into 15 different sites that served as lounges for the coaches and VIPs. No task seemed too big or difficult for our Young Marines.

These students and Young Marines are the future of the Kenai Peninsula and are hereby awarded the Platinum Ulu (an award that exists only in the hearts of the givers and recipients).

Thanks again from the Warehouse-Logistics Team for the Arctic Winter Games.

Dave Lowery

Soldotna



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