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RSVP taps Schwartz as ‘Volunteer of Year’

RSVP taps Schwartz as ‘Volunteer of Year’
RSVP taps Schwartz as ‘Volunteer of Year’
Karen Schwartz, center, celebrates with staff of Hope Southern Indiana and other volunteers as she is honored Thursday with RSVP Volunteer of the Year award. Photo by Kaitlyn Clay
Kaitlyn Clay, Staff Writer, [email protected]

Retired and Senior Volunteer Program and Hope Southern Indiana staff members, along with the RSVP advisory council, celebrated its Harrison County Volunteer of the Year on Thursday.

Karen Schwartz, a resident of Harrison County and a full-time teacher at Phoenix School of Discovery in Louisville, was bestowed the honor for the countless organizations she helps with in Harrison County.

Her largest endeavor is that of president of the Historical Society of Harrison County. In this position, she coordinates all programs, events, concerts, books and grants for the society, as well as gives tours of the William Henry Harrison log cabin and the Posey House in downtown Corydon. She has also helped coordinate the production of more than 10 books about the county and its history.

Schwartz also serves as the secretary of the Harrison County Master Gardeners. With this group, she plants, maintains and conducts special events at the Pollinators at the Pool garden at the May & Joe Rhoads Memorial Pool and also at the mini botanical garden at the Harrison County Fairgrounds, both in Corydon.

When she isn’t working with those groups, Schwartz shares her remaining time with a Harrison County 4-H group (she has been a 4-H leader for more than 45 years), as a member of Harrison County Extension Homemakers, president of Purdue Council for Agricultural Research, Extension and Teaching, a volunteer for the Arts Alliance of Southern Indiana and a member of Fountain United Methodist Church west of Corydon.

The RSVP group presented Schwartz with flowers and signs to celebrate the award.

Ceil Sperzel, area coordinator for Hope Southern Indiana and RSVP, said at Thursday’s brief ceremony there was no one more deserving of the award and she was so happy to present Schwartz with the award.

“Karen puts in countless hours; it’s hard to even keep track with how much she does for her community,” Sperzel said. “We are blessed to have her as a member of the Harrison County community and can’t thank her enough for all that she does.”