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Topaz Sertoma awards Betty Miller

Staff reports

The Topaz Sertoma Club held its annual awards banquet on Feb. 24 at the Topaz Lodge and Casino, with 42 guests attending.

Betty Miller of Gardnerville was presented the Sertoma Service to Mankind Award for her extensive volunteer work in the community. Miller was very active in the PTA programs in Southern California before she and her husband Joe moved to the Topaz Ranch Estates area in 1979.

She became very active in the local Alzheimer’s support group after her husband Joe died of th disease. She is the group facilitator.

Since 1993, Miller has served on the Douglas County Eldercare Coalition, which is involved in helping seniors with their yards, light housekeeping, minor repairs and related services. This coalition also publishes the Douglas County Senior Directory at no cost to recipients.

Miller volunteers at the Carson Valley Community Food Closet. She spends many hours during their busy times, helping with holiday dinners and food drives.

She also volunteers her time as the sheriff’s office liaison with the three county sub-stations.

She has been a very active member of the TRE Sage Hens for the past 19 years. She has held several offices and is always “on board” for their rummage sale, boutiques and children’s Christmas parties, helping where needed.

“Betty has a pleasant and cheerful personality and is a pleasure to be around,” said Bob Burton of Topaz Sertoma.

The Sertoma Club was most impressed with Betty’s years of volunteer service and was very pleased to present her with this prestigious Sertoma award for the year 2000, Burton said.

Her son Jeff accompanied her to the banquet.