Terry Townsend of Newton received a 2013 Governor’s Volunteer Award from Governor Terry E. Branstad and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds during a special recognition ceremony June 27 at Southeast Polk High School. “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 state in the nation for our volunteer rate.” Townsend was honored with a Five Year Individual Service Volunteer Award by the Senior Health Insurance Information Program for his work as a SHIIP volunteer counselor. Skiff Medical Center is the sponsor for the Jasper County SHIIP team.