Jefferson Award Winner
The Jefferson Awards are a prestigious national recognition system honoring community and public service in America. The Jefferson Awards are presented on two levels: national and local. They began in 1972 to create a Nobel Prize for public service. Today, their primary purpose is to serve as a "Call to Action for Volunteers" in local communities.
The Board felt that Thomas Jefferson best reflected the spirit of excellence in America — author of the Declaration of Independence, President of the United States, advocate for education as the strength of our democracy and founder of the University of Virginia, and advocate for a free press and freedom of religion.
The mission of the Jefferson Awards is to encourage and honor individuals for their achievements and contributions through public and community service.
The most recent award winner for the Delmava Peninsula is our beloved Wendy Restein. She was awarded this prestigious award for her many selfless hours she has spent coordinating and conducting programs for helping under privileged students back to school in August and assisting them again at Christmas time.
Steve Hammond and Wendy
Steve Hammond and Wendy
Kathy Maloney (sister); Peggy Maloney (Mother); Joe (son); Wendy; John Maloney (Father) Ashley (daughter) Addison (Husband)
Below is the Letter of Recommendation submitted by Mrs. Karen Curtis to the selection Board
Jefferson Award Nomination
Wendy Restein is an individual who deserves this award because she is selfless. She is a very private person who does what she does because she believes it is just the right thing to do.
For the past several years, she has coordinated and overseen the “Back to School” store and has been very instrumental in the running of the Christmas stores for the Eastern Baptist Association. She makes sure the word gets out to those in need and signs up our recipients, collects donations and organizes everything according to age appropriateness. Individuals come in and “shop” for what they need.
She has started a “closet” of clothes at First Baptist Church in Princess Anne to have clothing available for those who may have lost everything in a fire, or who have had to move suddenly or just need help. She spends countless hours sorting, cleaning and folding the clothes that have been donated. She informs various agencies and teachers of the availability in case they know of needs in their class, school or community.
Wendy is active in the local chapter of the DAR. She believes the past is important to improve the future.
Recently, Wendy has become very involved with the rights and needs of Veterans. She again coordinates schools and organizations such as Scouts, to help make Veterans feel appreciated and not forgotten. Area public and private schools have sent cards, flags and flag pins to local nursing homes and hospitals, as well as sending cards to Lands? VA Hospital in Germany thanks to Wendy. Wendy serves as a volunteer member of the state committee for Veteran Services.
Giving back is important to Wendy. She does all of the above things while she is busy being actively involved in her children’s loves at Parkside. She is an active participant-when anything needs to be done, you know Wendy will be there with her unassuming smile to pitch in and make things happen.
As I have listened to past Jefferson Award winners’ biographies, I knew this was an award for which Wendy had to be nominated. Wendy Restein would make a very humble, deserving Jefferson Award winner.