Volunteer Awards Presented for 2007
Euless is very fortunate to have a dedicated, attentive group of citizens in our community. Volunteers assist the City in a variety of ways, often working long hours without pay or recognition for the benefit of Euless. In turn, the City picks one person each year that embodies the very definition of a Volunteer to celebrate the dedication and service of these outstanding people and the difference they have made in the community.
The Volunteer of the Year Award for 2007 has been awarded to Barney Snitz. Fitting the true definition of a volunteer, he spends his time helping out a variety of organizations and making Euless a better place to live. He has assisted with nearly every special event the city hosts from the Texas Trash Off to Arbor Daze to the Bicycle Rodeo to the Halloween Festival. In addition, he sits on the Library Board, Crime Control and Prevention Board and is a member of the Citizens Police and Fire Academy Alumni Associations, He is a graduate of the Community Emergency Readiness Team and serves on the Euless Local Law Enforcement Advisor Board, Citizens on Patrol and the Fire REHAB Unit. In his spare time he is a volunteer teacher in the Tarrant County College Senior Education Program for over ten years; he is a DFW Airport Ambassador for more than five years and recently completed the DFW Airport Civilian Police Academy. He's also completed the Boston Marathon and spends time training for other athletic endeavors. We thank him for his continued dedication, enthusiasm and humility.
The Business of the Year is Stitch 'N Tyme. Owner Julie Watkins began the company out of her home and then expanded to its current location on south Main. Stitch 'N Tyme provides custom embroidery services for both individuals and area businesses. Watkins believes in giving back to the community and is an active volunteer, serving in both the Citizens Police and Fire Academy Alumni Associations. She's lived in Euless over thirty years and enjoys the citizens of Euless most.
The Youth of the Year was presented to Brittini Montalvo. Her first volunteering experience was the 2005 Bicycle Rodeo. She did a fabulous job that day and continued to quickly rise to the top of what Volunteer Coordinator Jerry Poteet calls his "top echelon volunteers." She volunteered her time for the Parks and Community Services department during her junior and senior years of high school. Poteet commented, "Brittini is a special volunteer. We are very lucky to have a volunteer like her. She is second to none."
The Lifetime Achievement Award is given to a person or persons in Euless that have given of their time and efforts to the City of Euless throughout their lives. This year, the Lifetime Achievement Award has been presented to Robert and Iva Nail. The Nails are longtime residents of Euless. Robert was the first and longest serving Postmaster for Euless, dedicating 31 years to the postal service. The Euless Post Office opened in 1949 inside of the Fuller Brothers and Nail Grocery and Mercantile on the southeast corner of State Highway 183 (now SH 10) and Main Street. At the time a postage stamp was .03¢ and a post card was .01¢. He was also one of the original members of the Euless Volunteer Fire Department for Euless. He was awarded a certificate for meritorious service in 1958 and became Captain in 1959. Iva Fuller Nail also worked in the post office and grew up in the original Fuller House now located in historic Heritage Park. Robert and Iva were married in front of the parlor fireplace in 1952. On their 50th wedding anniversary, the Nails renewed their vows in front of that same fireplace in the newly renovated house. Both are active on the Euless Historical Preservation Committee and the First United Methodist Church. They have been married 55 years.
Our congratulations go out to all of this year's winners. Thank you for your time and energy that you spend to help make Euless great!