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1990 – Mrs. Blanche Glymph, Fort Myer, VA

Mrs. Blanche Glymph

Emma Marie Baird Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service

1990 – Mrs. Blanche Glymph, Fort Myer, VA

Blanche Glymph Mrs. Blanche Glymph has served as a dedicated volunteer since 1974 for the U.S. Army Military District of Washington (MDW) and Army Community Service (ACS). She has been a mainstay at Fort Myer’s Army Community Service Center. Mrs. Glymph’s wealth of institutional knowledge of ACS programs, volunteers, desk operations, public relations, and interpersonal communication has reflected positively on herself and the ACS organization.

AS MDW ACS assistant volunteer supervisor and desk volunteer chairperson, Mrs. Glymph has recruited, trained, rewarded and maintained a core of dedicated ACS volunteers. She is the shepherd who educates and informs her volunteers on how to effectively communicate MDW family programs/services (such as newcomers’ welcome packets, and military installation world-wide information resources) to soldiers and their family members. Mrs. Glymph has rallied ACS volunteers and members of the AG Wives’ Club together to help soldiers by participating in annual fundraising mailings for Army Emergency Relief, Combined Federal Campaign, and the Ronald McDonald House. Her volunteers’ efforts are rewarded biannually at ACS and Volunteer Awards ceremonies. Mrs. Glymph has been instrumental in coordinating all ceremony details --- refreshments, entertainment, location, hostesses and protocol.

Mrs. Glymph’s dedication is the glue that holds ACS volunteerism together. She has advocated for ACS through word of mouth, written articles in ACS newsletters, and provided ACS tours and briefings to dignitaries.

In particular, Mrs. Glymph has briefed ACS volunteer programs to Mrs. Ono, wife of Lieutenant General Allen K. Ono, U.S. Army Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel and Mrs. Marsh, wife of the Honorable John O. Marsh, former Secretary of the Army. She has been a liaison between ACS and the Arlington Ladies. Additionally, she has exhibited originality, creativity, and initiative in planning and hosting the annual Gold Star Tea for mothers and wives of soldiers killed in action. Mrs. Glymph has truly been the MDW ACS ambassador.

For each Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday, Mrs. Glymph has planned, directed and organized the collection and distribution of ACS holiday food baskets. These baskets are given to military families experiencing financial hardship. Mrs. Glymph has been a take-charge person. She has personally selected and purchased 200-3—toys each Christmas. She recruits and coordinates volunteers to stuff the food baskets and distribute the food and toys. From her efforts and leadership, over 6000 adults and 500 children benefit annually from this innovative program.

Mrs. Glymph has conducted herself in a professional manner. She has a positive "I can do" attitude and has been willing to tackle any project or problem. She coordinated and monitored all registration/welcome procedures for the 29 June MDW Army Family Symposium./ Over 100 active/retired soldiers, family members, and dignitaries participated in this symposium.

Mrs. Glymph’s unselfish devotion and dedication to MDW ACS has won her a place in the hearts of the Army family. Her volunteer contributions have directly supported the ACS mission – to enhance readiness and retention and improve the quality of life for the entire military community.