All-Volunteer Group Receives Summit Award
If you think
volunteerism is all-but-dead in the US... we offer the following
proof to the contrary.
The Civil Air Patrol (CAP) -- an all volunteer aviation
auxiliary of the US Air Force -- was honored Wednesday with the
prestigious Summit Award. This is the highest award given by the
American Society of Association Executives, and the Center for
Association Leadership. The Civil Air Patrol is one of six winners
selected from 250 nominees.
"This award truly speaks to who we are and what we are all about
as a volunteer organization," CAP commander Major General Antonio
Pineda said. "I am delighted that this story is being told and
honored in such a prestigious way."
CAP earned the award through its extraordinary efforts on the
Gulf Coast in the aftermath of hurricanes Rita and Katrina. First,
it established a 24/7 command post coordinating crews and search
teams with local and federal agencies. That post then oversaw 1734
CAP members in four states, where they kept aircraft, communication
equipment, and other supplies prepped and ready for deployment.
In all, Civil Air Patrol pilots flew more than 1850 hours during
recovery operations. As reported by Aero-News,
they provided invaluable aerial photos of the disaster area for
When not needed for aircraft support duties, ground personnel
went door-to-door surveying over 4200 homes -- searching for
Overall, CAP estimates its volunteers gave 35,495 hours of their
time to help hurricane victims. The Civil Air Patrol has more than
58,000 members including 27,000 cadets ages 12 to 21. It boasts the
world's largest fleet of single-engine, piston aircraft, and
provides 95-percent of our nation’s inland search and rescue
The service averages 100 lives saved every year. "Well done,
everyone" doesn't begin to say it...