Lloyd Slaght, 82, of Independence: One of the winners of the Senior Service Award, presented annually by the lieutenant governor’s office.
Who: Lloyd Slaght, 82, of Independence
What: One of the winners of the Senior Service Award, presented annually by the lieutenant governor’s office. His years of volunteer efforts include:
• The Independence Police Department’s Volunteers in Police Services (ViPS) program.
“It comes under the homeland security area. We have around 29 volunteers, mostly retired people,” Slaght says.
The volunteers do such things as setting up the Police Department’s speed monitor, the movable sign that reminds drivers to slow down. They might also help with crowd control at a local 5K run. Also, Slaght does annual inspections of local auto dealers.
“Anything we can do to save the regular office from having to do routine work,” he said.
He’s done the ViPS program for about 10 years, having gotten into it after going through the department’s Citizens Academy.
• Meals on Wheels – delivering lunches every Tuesday. His wife has volunteered in the program for years, and he got into it, too.
• The Community of Christ Temple, helping to box and mail packages, as well as some data entry. He retired in 1991 from a career as a personnel director, “so I just thought out how I could help.”
Why: “Mostly it’s satisfaction of trying to make a better community,” Slaght says.
Where was the award given: At a ceremony in Jefferson City earlier this week. “Real nice day,” says Slaght.
Last thought: “There’s a need for volunteers in almost every different field.” Slaght says. “ ... There’s just a multitude of areas where people can serve depending on their background.”