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The Blue Star Families Salute to Distinction Award Program recognizes outstanding volunteers who demonstrate exemplary service to military families and further the Blue Star Families mission within their respective communities.

It is our pleasure to announce the 2017 Salute to Distinction Quarter 4 Award Winner:

Margie Manning, Chapter Director, Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Margie is committed to reaching every military family in Southern Nevada, including Active Duty, Reserve, National Guard, and Veteran families. She has been a Blue Star Families Volunteer for over four years, stepping into her role as Chapter Director in 2016. She is well-known in her community for her dedication to improving the lives of military families.

Margie volunteered over 100 hours of her time in 2017, making her eligible to receive the Presidential Volunteer Service Award.  In Quarter 4 alone, Margie coordinated and participated in 13 events, gave away 1,200 books to military children, and served almost 5,000 family members!

One of Margie’s nominators had this to say:

“Margie works hard to make sure all families have the resources they need, even if it means driving an hour away to get books in the hands of milkids. She is well known by everyone at Nellis AFB as “The Book Lady” and when she’s not volunteering with BSF, she is helping other organizations in the area who support military families including Airman and Family Readiness, Operation Homefront, the USO, and the Nevada Army National Guard. She is constantly sharing BSF with everyone she meets and she does it with the sweetest smile. She never asks for recognition and rarely needs direction; she just quietly works away out there in the desert. Blue Star Families is very lucky to have Margie!”

Congratulations and thank you, Margie, for going above and beyond to bring programs and resources to military families in the Las Vegas area.

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