Joyce Adams named volunteer of the year

April 22, 2014

By Staff

The Issaquah Valley Grange No. 581 will honor Joyce Adams as its Community Service Volunteer of the Year at 7:30 p.m. April 28.

The public is invited to celebrate Adams and be entertained by The Roving Fiddlers. The celebration will be in the Masonic Hall, third floor (there is an elevator), across Sunset Way from the Issaquah Library parking lot. There will be refreshments after the program.

Joyce Adams

Joyce Adams

The Issaquah Valley Grange is a fraternal organization that supports local agriculture. It also emphasizes community service, including support for other Issaquah organizations like the fish hatchery, VFW and local schools. For 11 years, the organization has given a dictionary to every third-grade student in the Issaquah schools in the Words for Thirds program.

“Joyce is a remarkable community service volunteer. She has been volunteering in the Issaquah Festivals Office for 21 years,” the Grange said in a news release. “She has done extensive volunteer work with the Salmon Days festival and Issaquah Salmbassadors. She works to ensure a successful Salmon Days Parade and has been the parade chairwoman and co-chairwoman for numerous years.

“When Issaquah had a float, she helped build and escort the float to many festivals. She continues to support the Salmbassadors as an active member, and was Captain Coho in 2000 and 2011, taking Sammy the Salmon to parades all over Washington, Oregon and British Columbia.”

During Salmon Days weekend, Adams is a vital part of the successful operation of Salmon Days and typically spends 10 hours a day at the festival. She is at the parade start every Salmon Days making sure it runs smoothly.

She also volunteers at the festival volunteer sign-up and thank you dinners. She routinely volunteers at the Issaquah Fourth of July celebration, the Issaquah Chocolate Wine and All That Jazz Festival and the new Beat the Winter Brewfest. She easily volunteered 500 hours of community service last year with her combined efforts for Issaquah Chamber of Commerce-sponsored events.

Prior to joining the volunteer team for Issaquah festivals, she enjoyed volunteering for Washington State Special Olympics for many years through the ‘70s and ‘80s. She chaperoned and coached local athletes for the Special Olympics at Fort Lewis and the International Games. She was also active in the Issaquah Job’s Daughters in the ‘70s, supporting Bethel No. 2.

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