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Young Marines honors Ridgefield resident as division adult volunteer of the year

The Columbian
Published: April 6, 2024, 5:34am

RIDGEFIELD — In observance of National Volunteer Month in April, the Young Marines has named Kristine Lewis as adult volunteer of the year for Division 6. She has volunteered with the Lewis and Clark Young Marines of Ridgefield since 2002.

“The Young Marines program could not exist without dedicated, mission-driven adult volunteers like Kristine. Her role as a leader, mentor, and teacher has served this unit well. Under her guidance and tireless efforts, the unit has expanded its role in the community,” said retired Marine Corps Col. William P. Davis, national executive director and CEO of the Young Marines. “April is National Volunteer Month. Kristine’s dedication embody the definition of a volunteer, and it shows in the unit’s growth and mission.”

Lewis said being a volunteer for the organization “allows me to have a part in molding youth, who are the future of our society. I love seeing the Young Marines grow as they work the program and pick up rank. It’s so rewarding to watch them learn new skills, then teach those same skills to younger members in their charge. I am challenged every day learning new skills and technology while keeping current with policy and regulation. The Young Marines allows me to effect change in the kids who have been a part of the program, the community around me, the adult volunteers we’ve had on staff, and in myself.”