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1995 - Mrs. Sharon Wheeler, Fort Lewis, WA

Mrs. Sharon Wheeler

Emma Marie Baird Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service

1995 - Mrs. Sharon Wheeler, Fort Lewis, WA

Sharon Wheeler In 1993, Mrs. Wheeler volunteered at the Fort Lewis Loan Closet/Food Locker. Her duties consisted of the following: maintaining accountability of checked-out items, keeping accurate records regarding client information, reviewing hand receipts, contacting clients and unit supervisors on overdue, missing or damaged items, making recommendations for improvements on equipment, material and space, and ensuring sufficient supplies were available for the loan closet and food locker. Other tasks involved restocking the shelves when supplies were low and checking returned items to ensure they were serviceable.

Mrs. Wheeler volunteered at the Family Support Center at McChord AFB, Washington, as a Relocation Assistant. Her duties included: organizing records and supplies, recommending priority purchasing when necessary, interviewing clients to determine the nature and extent of their problem, providing clients with information on alternative resources, and providing supportive referral to other family support sections as needed.


In 1989, Mrs. Wheeler volunteered at Army Community Service (ACS) in Heidelberg, Germany as a Receptionist. Her duties included: greeting customers daily, preparing welcome packets and distributing them to incoming personnel and sponsors, assessing client needs based on information given and referring them to the proper agency or program. Mrs. Wheeler scheduled most appointments for the ACS class training, seminars, sponsorship training, check writing and personal financial counseling, etc. She also coordinated briefings and the disposition of sponsorship bus participants.

From June 1988 to June 1989, Mrs. Sharon Wheeler took on the job of Mayor to the Greenwood housing community at Fort Lewis, Washington. She served as a key resource person for providing information to residents of the housing area, as well as to the Community Life Program. She supervised the community council in the areas of crime watch, area beautification, welcome wagon, and playground monitor. Her job as the Mayor of Greenwood included: writing, editing, publishing, and delivering monthly informational newsletters, planning, coordinating and supervising major community events (i.e., bake sales, Kinder Volksmarch, Easter Egg Hunt, Christmas Caroling, etc.). Mrs. Wheeler ensured that the proceeds from community events were used for the betterment of the community. She also acted as a liaison between the community commander and the community, represented the Greenwood community at monthly mayors meetings and the Community Action Council meetings to resolve problems and issues, conducted the community council meetings and was responsible for obtaining a guest speaker.

More importantly, Mrs. Wheeler was in charge of obtaining street signs to alert drivers of handicapped and deaf residents and to organize community sports teams. She scheduled dates and places for sports events, recruited coaches and players, scheduled and organized usage, maintenance, painting, and clean-up of the community center playgrounds and worked with the area coordinator and military police to resolve disputes between residents of the community.