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Knoop honored by governor

July 20, 2012
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Emma Knoop, of Clutier and North Tama High School, received a 2012 Governor's Volunteer Award from Governor Terry Branstad during a special recognition ceremony held June 29th in Cedar Rapids.

The Governor's Volunteer Awards (GVA) program was created in 1982, with inaugural awards presented in 1983. Several hundred volunteers are recognized each year with awards in one of several categories: Individual, Group, Length of Service or Disaster Volunteer.

"I am very pleased to honor theose who have given the precious gift of their time to make a difference and enrich lives in communities all across Iowa," said Branstad. "I never tire of meeting volunteers and hearing about the wonderful accomplishments they contribute to making this state great."

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Emma Knoop, of North Tama High School, poses with Governor Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds after winning the Individual Volunteer Award at a June ceremony in Cedar Rapids. Knoop was recognized for her work during the derecho wind storm of July 2011.

"An unknown author wrote 'Volunteers are seldon paid; not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless'," said Lt. Governor Reynolds. "I couldn't agree more. The Governor and I are privileged to thank and recognize all of this year's award recipients for their dedication."

Knoop was honored with the Individual Volunteer Award by Mitch Nordmeyer from the 2011 Derecho.

For more information on the Governor's Volunteer Awards, visit or call 515-725-3094.



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