KU Audio-Reader volunteers recognized
Two Tonganoxie residents, Marilyn Daniels and Dot Ward, were among those recognized at a recent reception for 46 volunteers with Kansas University’s Audio-Reader.
Audio-Reader volunteers put in more than 300 hours each week recording readings of newspapers, magazines and other printed publications for the blind and print-disabled across Kansas and western Missouri.
On Oct. 5, volunteers were recognized for their efforts during a reception at Maceli’s in downtown Lawrence.
The theme for this year’s event was “Black and White and ‘Read’ All Over.” Presenters highlighted the scope of Audio-Reader’s work and shared stories of listeners who have benefited from their work.
“Not only do we read thousands of newspapers, magazines and books every year, we are now helping our listeners pursue their professional goals by reading their textbooks and research materials,” said Jennifer Nigro, Audio-Reader’s coordinator of volunteers.
The honorees were: five years, Terry Betzen, Emma Brooke, Ann Dean, Don Doesken, Pam Houston, David Kent, Carol Miner, Harlanne Roberts, Haskell Springer, Bruce Springsteen, Sarah St. John, Ruth Tomasek and Cheryl Weaver, Lawrence; Bonny Fugett, Lecompton; Esther Daneke and Shirley Kennedy, Pittsburg; Deb Kirmer and Fred Miller, Topeka; Betsy Parker, Kansas City, Mo.; 10 years, Ann Chapman, Lawrence; Diana Kerle and Ed Koehler, Pittsburg; Marilyn Daniels, Tonganoxie; 15 years, Dayla Feldman, Eudora; Rex Buchanan, Peg Sampson, Barb Thomas, Austin Turney, Eleanor Wenger and Marian Wilbur, Lawrence; Bettie Ore, Paola; Dot Ward, Tonganoxie; Les Carlson, Topeka; Hank Brauer, Kansas City, Mo.