April 2, 2009

Jacque Kaisler Named Scotland County Volunteer of the Year

In celebration of National Volunteer Week (April 19-25), OATS’ Scotland County Support Committee has selected Jacque Kaisler of Memphis as their Volunteer of the Year. A party in her honor will be held on Monday, April 6, 2009 at 1:00 PM at the Gingerbread House Restaurant in Memphis.

Jacque, of Memphis, was originally from Dade County and was born in a log cabin. She has three sons, living out of the area and one daughter in Memphis. Jacque attended college for two years in Springfield and interned as Acting Assistant Administrator of the Senior Center in Buffalo. She was also a substitute teacher in Elkland and Buffalo. Her hobbies are cross stitching, quilting and reading. She belongs to the United Methodist Church in Buffalo and was formerly a member of the Eastern Star in Buffalo.

Due to health reasons, she moved to Memphis in 2004 to be near her daughter. She is currently a member of the Scotland County OATS Support Committee and tries to help with their fundraisers whenever she can. Jacque enjoys meeting people and having fun with them. Jacque says riding the OATS bus saves gas, and you can sit back and enjoy the scenery and wildlife such as wild turkey, deer, pheasants and coyotes, which they see quite often on their trips.

OATS, Inc. is a private, not-for-profit corporation providing specialized transportation for the elderly, disabled and rural residents in 87 of Missouri’s 114 counties, including Scotland. OATS has evolved from its original operation in eight counties in 1971 to the largest such enterprise in the U.S.

Jacque joins honorees from the other 86 counties in OATS’ service area representing the entire OATS volunteer network of over 1,200. Among other duties, volunteers plan local bus schedules, dispatch rural service, serve as committee members and on the Board of Directors, and raise money toward the cost of each new vehicle.

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