Quilts of Valor Honorary Resolution from Board of Commissioners

Members of Jefferson City Quilters, surrounded by several area veterans, gratefully received recognition for the work of the Quilts of Valor Foundation and the Jefferson City Quilters. (front l. to r.) Veteran and County Commissioner Marcus Reed, Quilters and Veterans Kathleen Van Orsdel and Jeri Regenold, Veterans and County Commissioners Jimmy Carmichael and Michael Phagan. (back l. to r.) Veteran William Whitworth, Quilters Tracy Ray, Helen Bailey, and Judi Cureton.

The Quilts of Valor Foundation (QOVF) was recognized for its Volunteer Spirit and dedication of its members to honoring our nation’s veterans at the July 18 meeting of the Board of Commissioners of Jefferson County at the Jefferson County Courthouse. Kathleen Van Orsdel, founder of Jefferson City Quilters, accepted the resolution for the organization.

Jefferson County Mayor Mark Potts read the resolution honoring the volunteers “who devote their time, talent and financial resources to making quilts.” Standing with Van Orsdel to receive the honor were Quilters Jeri Regenold, Helen Bailey, Tracy Ray, and Judi Cureton. Van Orsdel and Regenold are themselves veterans. The ladies were surrounded by Veterans William Whitworth, Marcus Reed, Jimmy Carmichael, and Michael Phagan. Reed, Carmichael, and Phagan are also county commissioners.

The Jefferson City Quilters currently have 40 volunteers who have presented 81 quilts so far in 2022. Since the founding of the local quilting group ten years ago, 1306 quilts have been designed, sewn, and awarded to male and female veterans in all branches of the armed forces.

More information about the QOVF is available on their website at www.qovf.org or by calling Group Leader Van Orsdel at (865) 262-8019. Nominations for quilts can be submitted through the website.

Source: Submitted by Jane Busdeker