Miller receives Portraits of Character recognition

Miller receives Portraits of Character recognition The Rev. Steve Miller was presented with a Portraits of Character award July 19 at the United Church of Christ Congregational in Vermillion, where he serves as pastor.

Sponsored by Farm Bureau Financial Services, the Portraits of Character program offers an opportunity to recognize people in the Vermillion area who demonstrate good character as a way of life � the quiet heroes who give of themselves through volunteerism, community involvement and leadership.

Working with youth in the community is Miller's most important contribution. He's had a lasting impact on the lives of many young people through his work with the Youth in Crisis program, where he's involved in both intervention and education programs for area youth.

Miller also serves on the Healthy Kids committee of the Vermillion Healthy Community Task Force. He helped organize Celebration 2000, the New Year's Eve celebration for families, and he's been involved in the local community theater.

"Steve touches all ages in Vermillion, but closest to his heart are the children," says Vermillion resident, Andrea Feller. He creates activities for children and young people, chaperones school events, all the while "?teaching the kids to respect and love themselves, so they can respect and love others," Feller adds.

Dennis Erickson, agency manager for the South Sioux Farm Bureau Agency, says, "Steve is passing on values to the youth in our community, our most important asset. He demonstrates good character as a way of life, and his influence, though often behind the scenes, makes Vermillion a better place to live."

The Portraits of Character program is designed to recognize everyday heroes who make a difference in the lives of others here in our community. Portraits of Character recognizes exceptional people in quiet country towns, big cities and elsewhere throughout the 14-state region served by Farm Bureau Financial Services.

Farm Bureau Financial Services is committed to recognizing people of outstanding character who give of themselves to the community � the quiet heroes to whom lending a hand and performing random acts of kindness is simply a lifestyle. You can help discover these hometown heroes by telling a Farm Bureau agent about someone you know who deserves to be recognized.

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