Janis and Mike Moran recently received the lieutenant governor’s Senior Service Award for their volunteer work.

Janis and Mike Moran

Hometown: Blue Springs since 1989

Married: 55 years

Both retired: Janis from 25 years with the Blue Springs School District, a secretary at William Yates Elementary and at the central office. Mike from TWA and American Airlines, a total of 44 years, starting as a mechanic and retiring as manager of line maintenance

What they do:
Mike is on the Board of Trustees of their church, First United Methodist Church in Blue Springs. He teaches hunter safety education for the Missouri Department of Conservation. (She has helped some, too.) He’s on the training staff at the H. Roe Bartle Scout Reservation near Osceola, Mo., and he’s the scoutmaster of Troop 58 in Blue Springs. Several of his troop’s Eagle Scout projects have been at First United Methodist, such as recently cleaning up a pond that’s part of a new prayer walk.
He got involved when his grandson was in Cub Scouts. His grandson and four buddies – all Eagle Scouts, now young adults – have stayed active in the troop, passing on knowledge and respect for the program to newer Scouts.
“And to hear those boys talk to the 12-year-olds ... it’s very rewarding,” he said.

Janis is at the information desk, helping visitors, every Sunday at church, and she’s active in the music ministry and mission work. She knits prayer shawls usually given to cancer patients and survivors. She’s active in the P.E.O. Sisterhood, a sorority that promotes education for women. She helps students with reading at Santa Fe Trails Elementary in Independence, where their granddaughter teaches. She volunteers at the Community Services League office in Blue Springs (he helps, too), especially during the back-to-school and Christmas store times.

Both have taught Sunday school over the years.

Recent recognition: The lieutenant governor’s Senior Service Award.
“I feel like we don’t do any more than anybody else,” Janis said.
They were nominated by state Rep. Sheila Solon of Blue Springs. The honor included a luncheon early this month in Jefferson City.
“It was a good day,” MIke said.

Work – and patience – with young people:
“You don’t know how things like that affect kids until later life,” Mike said.
“When you give it away and you get it back,” Janis said, “you really get it back twice. And it keeps you busy.”

– Jeff Fox