Roger Delaney named Rural Carrier of Year by M. Jill Karolevitz Roger Delaney, Vermillion, has been named the state�s Rural Carrier of the Year by the South Dakota Rural Letter Carriers Association.
The award, based on a rural carrier�s service to the association, as well as community service and a good working relationship with the postmaster, was presented last weekend during the association�s annual convention in Deadwood.
Delaney, who is beginning his 20th year as a member of SDRLCA, has served in many offices in the organization and is currently as past president. He said he was tongue-tied when his name was called as Rural Carrier of the Year.
�It was a surprise,� he said. �But I feel honored and humbled to receive it.�
Delaney credits Alfred �Bob� Clark, as his mentor. Clark was the last person from Vermillion to be named Rural Carrier of the Year � in 1965. He retired in 1989.
�Bob was a long-time officer in the association,� Delaney said. �I guess I followed in his footsteps. He got me involved.� Bob List from Yankton was also a mentor.
Delaney has been delivering Rural Route 2 mail since 1980.
�It goes from the golf course to the interstate east of town and covers all the Burbank addresses,� he said. �When Bill Radigan retired after 16 years with this route, I took over.�