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12 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana April 21, 1989 Father Ritter named nation's top volunteer WASHINGTON (NC) -- President Bush. presented the Ronald Reagan Award for Volunteer Excellence April 11 to Franciscan Father Bruce Rit- ter, founder of the Covenant House programs for youth, dur- ing a White House ceremony. Bush called Father Ritter the "greatest" among 18 in- dividuals and organizations that received the 1989 Presi- dent's Volunteer Action Award at the same ceremony. "I was amazed. I was delighted. It was a fantastic honor. I couldn't believe it," Father Ritter told National Catholic News Service April 12 in a telephone interview from his New York office. Volunteer work is not "something you do in your spare time because you're bored," but something ethical and moral beliefs require, said the priest. Although Father Ritter knew that Covenant House was one of the 18 award recipients, he said that the award for volunteer ex- cellence "was a very well-kept secret." Covenant House, which helps thousands of street kids in New York and in other U.S. and Latin American cities, "owes its existence to the energy, dedication and zeal of several Catholic college kids" who volunteered during the early years "when I didn't have American National Bank Bicknell - Sandborn Vincennes Drive-in Facilities - Member F.D.I.C. A Full Service Bank Buehlers I.G.A. "The Thrifty Housewife's Source of Savings" QUALITY FOODS, MEATS HUNTINGBURG Compliments Nass & Son Inc. FUNERAL HOME Huntingburg, Ind. Pale Bare Metal "Buy Direct Cut to Length" No. t White '41.95 sq. Seconds. Discontinued and haulbacks available also al greatly reduced prices. 5" Fad faced styrofoam 4.29 sht. 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