U.S. veteran Patrick (River Rat) Porter of Pocatello holds a special award for his friend Lori Marvin, recipient of Idaho's "Elks Veteran Volunteer of the Year" award, along with Lyle Gessford, Idaho State Chairman of the Elks Veterans Commission.
Blackfoot businesswoman Lori Marvin has a passion for serving our country's veterans. Through the years Marvin has organized numerous volunteer projects for the betterment of those who have served our country. Her efforts have not gone unnoticed; Marvin is the recipient of the "Elks Veteran Volunteer of the Year" award. This volunteer award is given to one man and one woman in the state whose service to veterans is reflected in projects within their home Elks Lodge and community.
Marvin, who has been active with the Blackfoot Elks for 13 years and is the Elks Veterans chairman for East Idaho, was nominated by Alan Tyson, past state president for Idaho Elks, who wrote: "As an assistant Veterans Affairs Volunteer Service Representative for the Idaho State Veterans Home in Pocatello, Lori has spent countless hours at the Pocatello facility with staff and residents to determine their needs and find ways to help them."
Marvin was instrumental in starting a new "IPad for Veterans" program to help veterans who have communication issues.
"Lori was undaunted by the cost of the IPads (which cost about $500 each) so she organized a lodge and community charity dinner to raise the funds," Tyson said. "The IPads have inspired some of our vets to get out of bed and want to live again."
Marvin also organized and helped supervise the annual veterans day at the Eastern Idaho State Fair, the Christmas program and other programs to help veterans.
Marvin, who runs Lori's Salon in Blackfoot, also enjoys taking the time to do the hair, nails and makeup for some of the women veterans.
Idaho State Chairman for the Elks National Veterans Commission, Lyle Gessford, who has worked closely with Marvin described her as "one of the most energetic and efficient volunteers" he has ever worked with.
Marvin said she will continue to work to help the veterans who have served our country, saying, "It's all about giving of your time and not your money."
"I love our youth; but the people who built our country are our veterans and senior citizens. If weren't for them, our youth would not have what they have today," she added.
Marvin now has a shot at receiving the "National Volunteer of the Year Award" award at the Elks Grand Convention held in New Orleans next year.