Six Rapid Citians will be honored for their contributions to the community at the 2009 Wind Beneath Our Wings awards luncheon Friday, Nov. 6, at the Radisson Hotel.

This year's six honorees are: Marilee Sage of Rapid City Regional Hospital, Gogie Enstad of Black Hills Gold Jewelry by Coleman; Thomas Bosworth, CASA; Adeline Kalmbach, Pennington County Council of Aging; Tom Miller, Black Hills Services; and Julie Larson, Youth & Family Services.

Former Peace Corps volunteer Karen Pearson will be the guest speaker for the event. Pearson, who is associate director of the South Dakota State University West River Agricultural Center, spent 30 years in the health and human services field, including working in public health in Alaska.

Her presentation will pay tribute to community volunteers, including the six honorees:

  • Marilee Sage is the department director for the Respiratory Care Services at Rapid City Regional Hospital. Sage was instrumental in working with the Board of Regents and Dakota State University to develop a respiratory care Associate of Science and Bachelor of Science program in Rapid City.
  • Adeline Kalmbach retired from Wells Fargo Bank. Kalmbach volunteered for more than 27 years at the Central States Fair as grandstand coordinator directing about 45 volunteers and benefiting 13 organizations. She is secretary/treasurer of the Meals on Wheels Program, Minneluzahan Center site manager and serves on the center's board of directors.
  • Julie Larson has worked at Youth & Family Services for 19 years as a nurse and is the YFS health adviser. As health adviser, she provides health guidance to all YFS programs including YFS Child Care, Girls Inc., YFS Counseling Center, YFS Nutrition Services, YFS Rapid City Head Start and YFS Rural Head Start.
  • Thomas Bosworth, a family and children's social worker, volunteers his time and expert knowledge as a trainer for the 7th Circuit CASA Program.
  • Gogie Enstad has been involved as a volunteer in a number of service organizations including Youth & Family Services, Zonta Club of the Black Hills and Catholic Social Services.
  • Tom Miller started working at the Bandit Inn at Ellsworth Air Force Base for Black Hills Services in 1990, where he now holds a supervisory position. Miller's strong leadership skills and desire to advocate for others led to his recent election on the Black Hills Workshop Board of Directors.

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