Volunteer Spotlight: Mary Lou Chicote

American Lung Association celebrates volunteer appreciation week

Williston, VT (April 18, 2012)

The week of April 15th, 2012 is recognized as National Volunteer Week. The American Lung Association celebrates their beloved volunteers year-round, but recognizes truly exceptional volunteers on this occasion.

Mary Lou Chicote, as administrator of the Bennington Battle Monument, was instrumental in opening up the stairs of the historic monument for the American Lung Association’s “Climb the Bennington Monument” Fight for Air Climb. “Mary Lou is a gracious hostess and loves to share the monument’s history with climbers from all over the Northeast. Without her, this event would never have been possible,” said Jeff Seyler, President & CEO for the American Lung Association of the Northeast.

On event day, Mary Lou along with members of the Friends of the Bennington Battle Monument roll up their sleeves and assist in any way they can. Mary Lou is there from the morning set-up to the afternoon clean-up, with a smile on her face and a great attitude. Not only does she give her all on event day, May Lou also volunteers much of her own time leading up to that day garnering support from the community.

As a dental hygienist, Mary Lou knows firsthand the toll that smoking can take. She was trained as a tobacco control educator through the Vermont Dental Society and along with other hygienists, talks to patients about smoking and refers them to the Vermont QuitLine for assistance. Mary Lou showcases a passion for the American Lung Association’s mission and works diligently to further that mission.

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