Elks Lodge District Deputy Grand Exalted Ruler Vance ‘Vinny’ DeWitt, center, received President Trump’s prestigious Volunteer Service Award in recognition of his efforts working with other organizations, including the Plumas County Probation Department and Sheriff’s Department on behalf of local veterans. On the left is Probation Officer Scott Quade, who is also the exalted ruler of Elks Lodge #1884 and founder of Plumas County Veterans Collaboration and Sheriff Greg Hagwood, right, who is also a member of the Lodge. Photo by Mike Taborski

DeWitt received President’s Volunteer Service Award

Elks Lodge District Deputy Grand Exalted Ruler Vance “Vinny” DeWitt received President Donald Trump’s prestigious Volunteer Service Award in recognition of his ongoing efforts on behalf of the Quincy Elks Lodge #1884 and its involvement in helping veterans through collective efforts involving the Plumas County Veterans Collaboration; the local chapter of Stand Down, founded by Ryan Rogers and Scott Quade; the VFW; Probation Department and the Sheriff’s Department.

In his letter of commendation to DeWitt, President Trump said, “On behalf of a grateful Nation, I thank you for your service to your fellow Americans and those most in need. Over the past year, you have served as a model of the American spirit. Your hours of service have strengthened the bonds of cooperation and trust that bring people together, while helping to address some of the greatest challenges of our time.”

Sheriff Greg Hagwood said, “This honor extended by President Trump not only speaks to Vinny’s involvement, but also recognizes the high quality of service and exemplary effort all of these organizations collectively provide to our local veterans.”

Quade explained what the Stand Down events for veterans is, a one-stop shop for veterans to get free dental work, vision care and other services.

“We live in a county where services are limited for veterans. We only have one full-time veterans services officer and we do not have a VA clinic. … We’ve held two events so far and both have been a tremendous success for more the 400 local veterans in need of care,” said Quade. The next Stand Down is set for Aug. 29, 2020, at the fairgounds.

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