Local hero recognized for volunteer service

Local hero recognized for volunteer service Gayle Bliss is a hometown hero in the eyes of the local Modern Woodmen of American camp.

Members for the Vermillion camp recognized Bliss' volunteer service and accomplishments on Oct. 2. In thanks for her efforts, the camp presented Bliss with a certificate and its appreciation.

Her volunteer efforts include 35 years of membership in ESA, a philanthropic organization, and assistance with local activities to benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and Easter Seals. She has also been coordinator of the Christmas Giving Tree in Vermillion for the last 12 years.

"Modern Woodmen deeply believes in volunteer community service and developed a Community Service Recognition program as a way to acknowledge and thank strong volunteers all across the United States," said Cathy Lynch, Modern Woodmen agent.

Modern Woodmen of America, a fraternal life insurance organization, provides life insurance, annuities and fraternal programs for more than three-quarters of a million Americans. With its home office in Rock Island, IL, Modern Woodmen has a camp in Vermillion that provides a number of volunteer service and social activities for local members.

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