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1990 – Mrs. Christine S. Cook, HQDA

Mrs. Christine S. Cook

Emma Marie Baird Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service

1990 – Mrs. Christine S. Cook, HQDA

Mrs. Christine S. Cook distinguished herself and enhanced both the Army Community Service and volunteer programs as HQDA Consultant since November 1988. She has willingly given of her own time to participate in programs and develop projects that assist volunteers in the field in performing vital tasks, and help ACS Officers best utilize and recognize their volunteers.

Specific major areas of contributions included reviewing and analyzing data received from installation on volunteer week activities from which she developed an after action report summary sent the field to assist them in planning activities for the next year by seeing the different, creative ways other installations honored and recognized their volunteer contributions. She coordinated the Department of Defense Track for the National Volunteer Management Conference in 1989 with the Office of Family Policy and Support and VOLUNTEER, the National Center and represented the Army at the Conference providing on-site guidance and assistance. She consistently compiled and reviewed information and made recommendations regarding volunteer issues affect9ng Family "Support Programs, She served as a facilitator for the Relocation Work Group at the fifth Annual Army Family Action Plan Planning conference and enabled the work group to prepare five issues for presentation. She completed a major portion of the background work for the establishment of the new, prestigious Emma Baird Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service and assisted in the design of both the pin and certificate. She reviewed, verified information, retyped and reformatted information received from installations and MACOMs for inclusion in the ACS Family Member Employment Assistance Program Employment Information Sheets. She represented the Army at a round table working group on retail opportunities in the Greater Washington Area and briefed both the DA and DoD subcommittees on the results of the discussions. Mrs. Cook was selected as one of eight volunteers to meet personally with Mrs. Barbara Bush.

Mrs. Cook has been volunteering in the military community for more than 20 years and has been closely affiliated with ACS for more than nine years. She logged well over 4,000 hours of volunteer service as Volunteer Consultant and Family Member Employment Program Coordinator.