PARKERSBURG - Parkersburg resident Helen Leasure was nominated for an award for her volunteer efforts throughout the years.
The 85-year-old Leasure was nominated for the West Virginia 2012 AARP State Andrus Award by Patricia Moore. The ceremony to commemorate nominees, "Celebrating the Spirit of Volunteering," was held in Charleston on Sept. 18.
Moore said the two were able to attend the ceremony in Charleston as part of the eight nominees from West Virginia. Leasure received a pin in recognition.
AARP West Virginia director Gaylene Miller, right, Helen Leasure, center, and AARP West Virginia president Randy Myers attend a ceremony on Charleston.
"I think she deserves to be (recognized)," said Moore. "For the (efforts of her) volunteer activities for the community, veterans and American Legion."
Moore said she nominated Leasure because she is an outstanding volunteer who "improves the community or has enhanced the lives of the residents by inspiring volunteers."
Leasure is a member of the Parkersburg Auxiliary Unit 15 of the American Legion Post 15, Parkersburg.
"She's devoted her entire life to volunteering," said Moore.
Leasure has been volunteering at the local VA Clinic and American Legion for many years and has been given other awards for hours served. Moore said the two have known each other for about four years, as they are both involved in the auxiliary. Leasure has been involved in the organization for more than 21 years, with Moore having been in the group for about four.
Moore said the two had a great time at the ceremony.
"She knew a lot of people in Charleston," said Moore. "They knew her dad, and it was a really fun ceremony. It was fun being there."
Moore said volunteering gives Leasure a chance to stay social.
"An activity just wouldn't be the same without Helen being there," she said of her friend.
"It brings me happiness, knowing I can be of some help," said Leasure. "Volunteering is always something I look forward to doing."
Moore said although her friend has never had children of her own, she loves them. Moore said Leasure is known everywhere she goes, and many people recognize her at the many functions she has volunteered for.
"She enjoys seeing the smiling faces on the children when they learn they get unlimited riding at fairs and festivals," said Moore of Leasure. "Helen truly is one of my favorite people. I admire, respect and love her; and acknowledge her as a perfect role model."