Kennewick honors man, woman of year

By Loretto J. Hulse, Herald food writerJanuary 23, 2013 

This year's Kennewick man and woman of the year know all about community service.

When there's a job to be done, Timothy Doyle and Donna Vance lead by example.

They were honored Tuesday at Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick at the annual banquet presented by Soroptimist International of Pasco-Kennewick and the Kennewick Past Men of the Year Club.

In the letter nominating Vance for the honor, Cynthia Kittson of Richland, wrote, "This amazing woman has volunteered in Kennewick since moving to the Tri-Cities in the 1970s. If you want something done, and done right, you ask her. You can bank on her accuracy and accountability."

Vance has been serving on the Board of Commissioners of Kennewick General Hospital since 1998. She's served as vice president, president and secretary of the board.

She's also served on the Tri-Cities Cancer Center board since 2006 and is secretary/ treasurer.

In her years of service, Vance also has served as a board member and past president of the Tri-Cities Credit Association and the Consumer Credit Counseling Center.

Vance became a campaign ambassador for United Way in 2003, donating more than 200 hours every year. She's now one of the organization's full-time volunteers.

Marilyn Davis, vice president of United Way, said, "She is one of our most amazing volunteers."

Vance is a longtime member of EL Chapter of P.E.O. and has served on numerous committees. She also finds time to work at Parish of the Holy Spirit in Kennewick in various capacities.

Kittson wrote, "She is seen so often at the church, it is difficult to determine her actual volunteer hours."

For Doyle, the Kennewick Man of the Year, volunteering comes as naturally as breathing. Whether he's stringing Christmas lights downtown, coaching youth baseball or organizing fundraisers for the Tri-Cities Cancer Association, he pitches right in and gets the job done, according to those who nominated him for the award.

In their nomination letter for Doyle, Ronald Hue and Ken Hohenberg wrote: "When we think of Tim Doyle, we think of a man who volunteers to roll up his shirt sleeves, to get his hands dirty and to contribute huge amounts of personal energy and time to enhance the city of Kennewick and the lives of its citizens."

Doyle spent years serving on the Downtown Kennewick and Columbia Drive Association and was the pioneer and driving force behind the Classy Chassy car show that's become an annual event. He also helped organize and set up First Night Tri-Cities, a New Year's Eve family event.

"I could call on Tim day or night, and he'd be downtown helping set events; he worked very hard and tried to make all events fun for volunteers," said Skip Novakovich, owner of Esprit Graphic Communication in Kennewick and a Port of Kennewick commissioner.

In 1999, Doyle was recognized for his years of volunteering and enthusiastic promotion of Kennewick by being named Downtowner of the Year.

Doyle's dossier of service includes hundreds of hours with youth athletics. He's been on the Kennewick American Youth Baseball board since 2008, working as a coach, tournament director, field gardener, plumber and fundraiser.

He joined the Southgate Parent Teacher Group years ago and bravely chaperoned many field trips and classroom parties. He's also involved with the Southridge High School's DECA Club as a chaperone and judge. He's also been master of ceremonies for district and regional dance competitions for high schools around the state.

Doyle has been a member of the Cathedral of Joy for 20 years and has assisted with the annual Living Nativity for many years.

He is a tireless worker for the Tri-Cities Cancer Association where he serves on the board as treasurer, according to those who nominated him.

Tom Cothran, executive director of the center, stated, "Tim has been an exceptional ambassador for the cancer center.

"He has spoken at and acted as master of ceremonies at the annual breakfast, served on fundraising committees and volunteered for many activities in support of the foundation. He has given stellar representation for the Cancer Center in our community."

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