Boyle named volunteer of the year

Published 4:36 am Tuesday, May 26, 2009

By By MaryClaire Foster
When it came time for the last award and she had sat back down from taking pictures of the other winners, Charlotte Boyle had no idea and no expectations that it was she that was to receive the Numa C. Early Volunteer of the Year award.
Boyle, who is a volunteer with the Employer Support of Guard and Reserve, had gone to the ESGR Alabama committee banquet, held at the Honda manufacturing plant in Lincoln, in support of the others being recognized and to provide decorations for the tables.
She was selected for the award she received by a vote of the members. The SGM Early Award was created in 2001 in memory of SGM Numa C. Early, a long time member and volunteer in the program.
The ESGR program provides assistance to all of the guard and reserve component forces that include the Army National Guard, Army Reserve, Marine Corp Reserve, Naval Reserve, Air National Guard, Air Force Reserve and the Coast Guard Reserve. The ESGR also gives recognition and provides support to the employers of members of these guards and reserves. The state committee is one of 56 field committees throughout the United States.
Boyle said she volunteers with the ESGR as a way to express her gratitude for the service of the military.
Retired Cpt. Robert Barrow with the U.S. Coast Guard is also chairman of the ESGR awards committee and said Boyle is a standout volunteer and very deserving of the award.
Barrow said Boyle, who is a retired public school teacher, was often assigned to Guard units that included former students, aiding in her success with them.
Besides being recognized for her devoted volunteer efforts, Barrow did not forget to commend the job Boyle thought was a main part of her being at the banquet.
To learn more about the ESGR, visit their Web site at

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