Decorah's Dale Elsbernd, of the Upper Iowa Off Highway Vehicles (OHV) Association, received a 2013 Governor's Volunteer Award from Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds during a special recognition ceremony held recently in Cedar Falls.

The Governor's Volunteer Awards (GVA) program was created in 1982, with inaugural awards presented in 1983. What began as a small program only available to state government agencies has expanded over the years and now provides all Iowa non-profit, charitable and government organizations with an easy way to honor their volunteers with a prestigious state-level recognition award. Several hundred volunteers are recognized each year with awards in one of four categories: individual, group, length of service or disaster volunteer.

"Volunteerism is an important part of the state's future and well-being," said Governor Branstad. "I am honored to have the opportunity to recognize the people of our great state who continue the tradition of neighbor helping neighbor and work tirelessly to improve their communities. Collectively, Iowa's volunteers contribute to our ranking among the top three states in the nation for our volunteer rate."

"The governor and I sincerely congratulate all of this year's award recipients," said Reynolds. "All are deserving of the honor, and we thank them for their tremendous and selfless efforts and devotion to make a difference."

The Upper Iowa OHV Association was honored with a group Volunteer Award by the Iowa Department of Transportation for outstanding commitment and service.

The governor's Volunteer Award program is coordinated by the Iowa Commission on Volunteer /service and the governor's office. For more information, visit volunteeriowa.org/awards or call 515-725-3094