Distinguished Service Award by Don Coleman, President SCOV Board of Directors republished from the Sun City Oro Valley Tipster, May 2017.
The Board of Directors is pleased to announce the introduction of a new award for outstanding volunteerism within our community. This is the first year for the Board to award a resident with the “Distinguished Service Award.” This award replaces the “Heroes Among Us” award of past years. A unanimous Board selected Lawrence (Larry) Miller as this year’s recipient and presented the award to him at this year’s formal Hail & Farewell Dinner. Larry is a 16-year resident of Sun City, a daily fixture in the Woodworking Shop, a consistent volunteer who assists other clubs or residents or other woodworkers and charities. Larry is a highly skilled pattern maker (the ultimate woodworker). He has created three ukuleles and ukulele stands for use in the Ukulele Club, he has built hundreds of small exquisite jewelry boxes to give away to children in hospitals. He is currently building miniature autos to donate to the Seniors for Kids charitable projects. He has built beautiful violins and guitars just to prove what can be done in our woodworking shop. All of this was accomplished from “scratch.” His work starts with an idea and well-selected woods. He then creates the designs and plans before executing the final product. He never charges for his time, or knowledge or skill. Less experienced woodworkers can gain valuable information and technique when learning from him. Some of his contributions are in the Loan Room (shelving and cabinetry), numerous Library projects, the large Kachina Cabinet in the Lounge by the TV, the new walnut sliding doors rails that separate the Lounge from the Restaurant and the oak wainscot in The Views, and new solid oak benches in the AFC gym. He, like others in the woodworking shop, fixes numerous broken legs, arms, parts and renovates old and tired wood pieces that are treasured by other residents. He also created the caricature signs for the Pickleball Courts. He has been instrumental in creating and maintaining a world class woodworking shop within SCOV, and he shows it off almost daily to people on our Ambassador Tours. He is a quiet, charitable, creative and dependable asset within SCOV. Larry, thank you for all your efforts and contributions.