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Posted May 17, 2013 | comments Leave a comment

Habitat for Humanity recognized for excellence

Habitat for Humanity of Winchester-Frederick County has announced three awards it received for excellence by Habitat of Virginia, the State Support Organization for the 51 Habitat operating affiliates in Virginia.

Gary Kula of Winchester has volunteered with HFHWFC since the affiliate's inception in 1996 and was inducted into the Habitat Virginia Hall of Fame May 9. Kula is an electrical engineer and a retiree of the U.S. Corps of Engineers. He is honored for his uncompromising volunteer spirit representing more than 1,000 volunteer-hours per year; serving as a crew leader, trainer and mentor on Habitat construction sites with youth and Habitat family partners; and for his donation of tools and fundraising support. He has helped build 52 of the affiliate's 54 homes -- he was absent during the build of two homes while on assignment with the Corps of Engineers in Kuwait/Saudi Arabia.

Three year volunteer Terri Cluss of Winchester was recognized as Habitat Virginia ReStore Volunteer of the Year. Cluss plays a key role in performing all accounting activities for the HFHWFC ReStore, assists with the affiliate's fiscal activities and strategic planning, and serves on the affiliate's Finance Committee. Her accomplishments include establishing a comprehensive accounting system that ties together the ReStore and affiliate, and leadership in the development of current financial and accounting policies and procedures for the ReStore.

The ReStore also was recognized for Most Creative Marketing by a ReStore.


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