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Rare award goes to local man

October 2, 2012
Meg Alexander - Staff Writer , Fairmont Sentinel

Bill Cordt presented the perfect picture of modesty as he quietly accepted the 3M Community Volunteer Award in front of his friends, family and former co-workers on Monday.

3M gives the award to only 15 employees and 10 retirees each year, as a way to recognize their commitment to their communities. Cordt was nominated for the award by Marge Thiesse, director of development at Martin Luther High School in Northrop, where he has been volunteering for the past 16-plus years, helping set up for the fall and spring rummage sales and the winter antique auction.

Soon after the presentation began Monday at the 3M plant in Fairmont, Cordt pulled a white hankie from his pocket, wiping tears from his eyes as he listened to the kind words people had to say about him.

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Bill Cordt, right rear, speaks with well-wishers Monday afternoon at the Fairmont 3M plant, where Cordt was honored with a national 3M Community Volunteer Award.

"He is always there, willing to use his strength to make life easier for someone else," said Crystal Hanson, human resource manager at 3M.

Cordt worked for 3M in Fairmont for 37 years. He retired from the plant in 2000, but he did not retire from volunteering.

"I started helping Martin Luther way back in the '90s, and I enjoy every minute of it," he said, following the award ceremony.

For every 25 hours Cordt works at Martin Luther as a retiree, 3M donates $250 to the school, adding up to thousands of dollars over the years. The award he received Monday came with a $1,000 donation to the non-profit organization of Cordt's choice. It was no surprise that he chose Martin Luther.

An person wishing to remain anonymous who helped with the nomination wrote that: "Bill is a friend to everyone and always willing to help out, whether it is cutting down a tree, driving someone where they need to go, or just lending an ear. Bill loves kids and enjoys helping at Martin Luther to raise funds for student tuition aid and for the general operations of the school."

Sitting around doing nothing is not how Cordt wants to spend his retirement, especially since he has seen friends pass away shortly after their retirement when they have not found a way to keep themselves occupied.

"This way I feel I've got something to look forward to," he said.

In addition to the time he spends assisting the parochial school in Northrop, Cordt works three days a week tending bar in Ceylon.Bill Cordt presented the perfect picture of modesty as he quietly accepted the 3M Community Volunteer Award in front of his friends, family and former co-workers on Monday.

3M gives the award to only 15 employees and 10 retirees each year, as a way to recognize their commitment to their communities. Cordt was nominated for the award by Marge Thiesse, director of development at Martin Luther High School in Northrop, where he has been volunteering for the past 16-plus years, helping set up for the fall and spring rummage sales and the winter antique auction.

Soon after the presentation began Monday at the 3M plant in Fairmont, Cordt pulled a white hankie from his pocket, wiping tears from his eyes as he listened to the kind words people had to say about him.

"He is always there, willing to use his strength to make life easier for someone else," said Crystal Hanson, human resource manager at 3M.

Cordt worked for 3M in Fairmont for 37 years. He retired from the plant in 2000, but he did not retire from volunteering.

"I started helping Martin Luther way back in the '90s, and I enjoy every minute of it," he said, following the award ceremony.

For every 25 hours Cordt works at Martin Luther as a retiree, 3M donates $250 to the school, adding up to thousands of dollars over the years. The award he received Monday came with a $1,000 donation to the non-profit organization of Cordt's choice. It was no surprise that he chose Martin Luther.

An person wishing to remain anonymous who helped with the nomination wrote that: "Bill is a friend to everyone and always willing to help out, whether it is cutting down a tree, driving someone where they need to go, or just lending an ear. Bill loves kids and enjoys helping at Martin Luther to raise funds for student tuition aid and for the general operations of the school."

Sitting around doing nothing is not how Cordt wants to spend his retirement, especially since he has seen friends pass away shortly after their retirement when they have not found a way to keep themselves occupied.

"This way I feel I've got something to look forward to," he said.

In addition to the time he spends assisting the parochial school in Northrop, Cordt works three days a week tending bar in Ceylon.

 
 

 

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