Volunteer of the Year 2016 – Bryan Roppolo

Bryan Roppolo, Operation BBQ Relief’s 2016 Rod Cramer Volunteer of the Year. In reviewing the nominations for 2016, Bryan was nominated and the executive team removed his nominations, as we have a long standing policy that the Volunteer of the Year can not come off The Board or the Executive Team. We were extreamly excited about the impressive list of nominees infront of us. As things were coming down to the wire and the team had vigerous debate over the amazing reasons all the nominees could and should have won, Bryan’s name started popping up again. We lost sight of the fact that Bryan was not on The Executive team in 2016. It then became clear to us, Bryan was the most amazing volunteer for OBR in 2016. It was hard for The Executive Team to work this award around Bryan in his presence, but we did.

Bryan’s contributions to OBR in 2016 are long. He ran two deployments in 2016 and participated in many more. The Hammond, LA Deployment served more meals then we have ever served in a disaster by three fold. He helped to put together systems over the year to ensure we could replicate that successful deployment. Bryan also built team infrastructer. As people met and worked with Bryan they were compelled to further steep themselves in OBR and with Bryan. Bryan’s leadership and volunteerism are beyond approach, but most people will recognize his contagous positive can do spirit as his greatest strength. Bryan Roppolo is the 2016 Rod Cramer Volunteer of the Year for Operation BBQ Relief. Congratulations and Thank Q for all you do!

Founders Coin Recipient – Scott Guy

Scott Guy is one of the “Memphis Crew” for OBR. For those who do not know, Scott is a Master Airplane Mechanic for a large shipping company out of Memphis. It is our opinion that Scott is an Airplane Mechanic because Pilots need Heroes too! While Scott is highly visible on deployments it is truly only the tip of the iceberg. The bulk of Scott’s time is spent when no one is looking. He uses his mechanical talents to keep our fleet in tip-top shape and ensures the safety of our volunteers. Scott is always looking for great deals to add equipment to our fleet and arsenal. If you don’t know how food and or equipment arrived at a deployment, it was probably him. Scott often looks at himself as a “Blue Collar Guy”, but we all agree he is as smart as they come no matter the topic. We are very lucky to have Scott in the fold.

Founders Coin Recipient – Nick Woolfolk

Nick Woolfolk is one hard working man. He has to be to keep up with his mentor and past Volunteer of the Year John Wheeler. He certainly goes down as the pitmaster of the year for Operation BBQ Relief in 2016. He manned the pits and was responsible for more meat then anyone in 2016. When going through the nominations it was repeated over and over how hard working and inspirational he was to so many. Nick gives us faith that the next generation of pitmasters and Americans are going to be great! We are honored to serve alongside Nick. Please congratulate Nick on his well deserved nomination as Volunteer of the Year!

Founders Coin Recipient – Dewayne Daniel

Dewayne Daniel is true Southern Gentleman with a heart as big as the moon. He has been to multiple deployments and tirelessly works while keeping spirits high. He often can be seen rolling trucks, trailers, and equipment across the country for OBR. Most of the time it is when no one is watching and if you are paying attention this is a common thread among st this years nominees. Dewayne is relentless with his activities as a state lead in Arkansas spreading the word and getting involved with the local VOADs and Emergency Management Groups. He tirelessly works to help and train others on OBR’s systems and procedures. Dewayne is a high performing ambassador for OBR and we are lucky to have him on board. Congrats on your nomination!

Founders Coin Recipient – John Wheeler

John Wheeler, Operation BBQ Relief’s 2014 Rod Cramer Volunteer of the Year

“It’s an honor to even be considered for volunteer of the year. It wouldn’t have been possible without the help of my family, friends and team members. Thanks to OBR for letting us be a part of your team.”

People volunteer for a wide variety of reasons, especially wanting to help others. But it’s also OK to want some benefits for yourself from volunteering. Some people are uncomfortable with the notion that a volunteer “benefits” from doing volunteer work. There is a long tradition of seeing volunteering as a form of charity, based on altruism and selflessness. The best volunteering does involve the desire to serve others, but this does not exclude other motivations, as well. Instead of considering volunteering as something you do for people who are not as fortunate as yourself, begin to think of it as an exchange. Consider that most people find themselves in need at some point in their lives. So today you may be the person with the ability to help, but tomorrow you may be the recipient of someone else’s volunteer effort. Even now you might be on both sides of the service cycle: maybe you are a tutor for someone who can’t read, while last month the volunteer ambulance corps rushed you to the emergency room. Volunteering also includes “self-help.” So if you are active in your neighborhood crime watch, your home is protected while you protect your neighbors’ homes, too. Adding your effort to the work of others makes everyone’s lives better.

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