Local woman honored with Governor’s Service Award

From left to right, Kelly Dinsdale of Reinbeck, Cindy Simms of Grundy Center, Kate Durbin of Parkersburg, Deb Wentzien of Lincoln, and Rhonda Samo of Holland, were recognized by Governor Kim Reynolds in a program held on the UNI campus in Cedar Falls. (Courtesy photo)

Volunteering has been an important part of Parkersburg resident Kate Durbin’s life for many years, and late last month, her hard work was recognized when she was honored with a Governor’s Volunteer Award.

Durbin, along with four other area women who volunteer with the Grundy County Memorial Hospital Foundation, was recently nominated to receive the Iowa Governor’s Volunteer Award in recognition of more than 1,000 hours of service to plan the foundation’s annual Gala and Auction event.

For over ten years, Durbin has volunteered for the GCMH Foundation alongside other award recipients: Cindy Simms of Grundy Center, Deb Wentzien of Lincoln, Rhonda Samo of Holland and Kelly Dinsdale of Reinbeck.

Durbin says she started volunteering for the organization back in 2007, as a way to give back and do something good for the community.

“It’s not something I do because I want recognition, it’s something I enjoy doing as a way to help others and make a difference,” Durbin says.

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