Borgard is New Castle Volunteer of the Year
NEW CASTLE, Colorado – Larry Borgard was so surprised when he was named Volunteer of the Year here recently, he started clapping before realizing he was expected to stand up and move to the podium.”I thought it was somebody else getting it,” he recalled, until his son, Mark poked him in the ribs.”He said, ‘Dad, that’s you,'” said the 72-year-old retired real estate agent.”I think it’s the greatest thing in the world,” Borgard added. “I’ve been humbled, and I’ve been honored.”The honor was bestowed at the annual New Castle Volunteer Appreciation Dinner on April 19, sponsored by the town, but Borgard nearly didn’t make it to the ceremony due to recent health problems.”I had just gotten out of the hospital, and I was there with my walker,” he said.Borgard has been back in the hospital since, but he is on the mend now, he said on Tuesday. He drives an electric scooter around town to do errands, and proclaimed that within a month or so he’ll be walking with a cane.Borgard has lived in New Castle since 1992, when he and his late wife built what he said was the 13th house to be constructed in the Castle Valley subdivision.He opened up a real estate office, Borgard & Associates, and quickly entered into local affairs.He has served on the town council and the planning and zoning commission, tutors kids in the second and fourth grades at Kathryn Senor Elementary School, and is a regular volunteer at the River Center community outreach facility.”I think I’m on five committees there,” he said of his work for the River Center, chuckling as he added, “They only have seven.”He also is a member of the New Castle Lions Club. As part of his volunteer duties, he said, he can often be found delivering meals to the needy or distributing warm clothing to help kids get through the winter months.”Anything they need, I’ll be there,” he told the Post Independent, adding that he will be a regular sight on Main Street, piloting his electric scooter until he graduates to the cane.”I get down to the library on it, and I go to meetings on it,” he said happily.Referring to his health problems, he said simply, “It’s one of those things where you go with the flow, and if you can help people, you help. That’s what I do, I help people.”Earning honorable mention at the awards ceremony were Terri Knob and Delores Gomez, according to a statement from Loran Randles, of the Volunteer New Castle organization.Knob, a River Center administrator, was recognized for her administrative and organizational skills, along with her leadership, drive and commitment, Randles reported.Gomez, a team leader for the River Center Latino Outreach Team, was recognized for her success in engaging the local Latino community to a much greater extent in New Castle, in terms of organization memberships and volunteer email@example.com
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