Jack and Michelle Grinnell were chosen Volunteers of the Year for showing selfless generosity by volunteering significant time and talent in service to the Tribe.
For their continued involvement in the traditional Foods and Culture Program, Jack and Michelle Grinnell (Prince), were recognized by the Tribal Council as Volunteers of the Year.
“I’m taken back a bit,” Jacks said about the news, recalling all the admirable volunteers in past years who also received the honor.
Throughout the past year, Jack and Michelle assisted the program in a variety of ways. They have given time at the Community Garden, which includes tilling the garden with their tractor, as well as helping harvest and maintain it. For several Tribal events, including the 40th Year Recognition and the First Foods Ceremony, the Grinnell’s took a group out on their boat to harvest shellfish. They also planted shellfish in the seafood garden.
“These two people provided many services that were extremely beneficial and crucial to the Traditional Food and Culture Program as well as the Tribe and its citizens,” wrote the Tribal citizen who gave the nomination. “The food they helped grow has gone out to Tribal citizens through pickup and distributed through the Elders Meal Program. They also helped in ‘putting the garden to rest’ by pulling out and packing up the irrigation system for the winter, and singing traditional Native songs.”
From the years of giving his time and effort to varying efforts, Jack summed up his experience as, “The rewards outweigh the effort. The more you put in, the more you get back. It’s satisfying for us to help the program and help the tribe. We’re thankful and blessed to offer up some of our skills. It’s part of our lifestyle now as retired people, it’s just going to continue.”
Adding to her husband’s sentiments, Michelle said she is incredibly humbled to be recognized by the Tribe as Volunteers of the Year. With her background in nursing and his experience in construction and fishing, the pair are prepared to keep up their work and pass on their knowledge to whoever works beside them.
DAR Chapter – The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Michael Trebert Chapter was named one of two Volunteers of the Year by the Tribal Council, for their work at the Jamestown Cemetery.
As a service organization, the DAR’s mission is summed up as “God, Home and County.” These three ideals are the group’s focus in every aspect of their service.
The Chapter’s Regent, Judy Tordini, who is a former Director of Nursing at Jamestown Family Health Clinic, was happy to report that their membership had doubled over the past year, contributing the success in being more visible to those in the community.
“There’s a lot of interest in the community, ” she said, adding the increased appearance in the community have garnered attention.
In October 2020, the DAR chapter made a visit to the Jamestown Cemetery to clean several headstones, including six veteran markers and an additional eight ancestor markers located near the canoe. These included Tribal veterans Joseph Allen, Donald Dick, Pete Holden, Wilfred Johnson and Milton Lombard.
Patriotism, the most popular pillar of service the DAR holds, draws crowds to many of their events. The DAR Chapter began their Wreaths Across American program by placing wreaths on headstones of buried veterans. To prepare for the wreaths, the volunteers clean the veterans’ headstones. DAR members say the veterans’ names aloud and lay a wreath so they “aren’t forgotten during Christmas,” Tordini explained. “We want to remember and honor them.”