PLYMOUTH – Keith Golnik has been named the Town of Plymouth Volunteer of the Year by the local Republican Town Committee in recognition of his numerous volunteer efforts over the years.
Golnik was honored at the RTC’s Volunteer of the Year Hot Dog Roast Sept. 11 at American Legion Post 20. Each year, this event honors a town resident that has given back to the community through their volunteerism. Recipients are typically involved in numerous town-wide committees, clubs and organizations and volunteer with several projects.
Each recipient’s name is added to a plaque in town hall and a donation is made in their name to a charity of their choice. Golnik chose for the donation made in his name to support the Orphan Grain Train, a Christian volunteer network that ships donated food, clothing, medical supplies and other needed items to people in 69 countries.
Golnik initially declined the honor when presented with the award.
“I didn’t feel as though I was as deserving as other past recipients,” he said.
But, for Golnik, volunteerism has always been important.
“My father always volunteered a lot and after he died in 2007 I wanted to help to keep his spirit alive,” he said.
Golnik, a U.S. Army veteran, is a former commander of American Legion Post 20, a former Republican Town Committee Chair, a former member of the Police Commission for six years and a former vice president of the local historical society. He has also served on several Ad Hoc committees. He currently serves on the Fire Commission and is the chair of the Memorial Day Committee.
The Republican Town Committee congratulated Golnik on the “countless hours he has given back to his community.”
“Keith is an amazing asset to our town and I am grateful to have been a part of this event,” said Roxanne McCann, a member of the Town Council.
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