Cypress resident Bob Koehler received the “Volunteer of the Year” Award from the Cypress Recreation and Community Services Commission in a ceremony held at the Community Center on April 17th. Grace Lee of Cypress High was also honored with the Youth Volunteer Award.
Koehler has lived in Cypress since 1996 and attends Cypress Church along with His wife Jean. He has been active in community outreach activities and also assists with public relations by writing press releases and managing social media accounts and blogs for Cypress Church. He is currently the local class coordinator for Financial Peace University.
Bob has also been an active volunteer with the Cypress Community Festival. He maintains the Festival website and their Facebook and Twitter pages. Bob’s news articles have appeared frequently in the News- Enterprise and Event newspapers. He is a Veteran of the United States Navy, a recipient of the Bronze Star and has been a harbor pilot in the Port of Long Beach for the past 31 years. He is known as “Captain Bob” to many of his fellow volunteers.
Grace Lee has been a volunteer with the Cypress Youth Action Committee. She is a junior at Cypress High where she is a journalist and has written articles for the Cypress Event News.
The awards were presented by Kelly Benson, the Chair of the Recreation and Community Services Commission. Commission members, community volunteers, friends and family were in attendance. In his acceptance remarks Koehler commented: “Jesus taught that it is more blessed to give than to receive and what we have here is a room full of givers.” Information about Cypress Church is available online at: http://www.cypresschurch.net/ The Cypress Community Festival site is located at: http://www.cypressfestival.com/
Photo Caption: Bob Koehler received the 2012 Cypress Volunteer of the Year Award from Recreation Commission Chair Kelly Benson.