is a sample few of the nearly 10,500 men and women who
serve as uncompensated volunteers on Selective Service
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issues are close to Pete Valdez's heart and he is a
founding member of the Gilroy, California, Hispanic
Chamber of Commerce. He also serves on the city council
(his 16th year!) and is an adjutant professor at Gavilan
College. Pete Valdez is a strong supporter of small
businesses. He founded Valdez & Associates to help
he became a board member in 1981, it was because "I'm
one for fairness and I believe that everyone should
do his or her part."
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Woodberry serves as a board member in the Wichita, Kansas,
area, where she is a tax examiner with the Internal
Revenue Service. She is also involved with the "Adopt
a School" program where she tutors and mentors
students, and works with youth in building self-esteem.
Gail Woodberry has been recognized by the United Way
as an Outstanding Loan Executive. She also is active
in her church.
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Local Board Member Janyce Hunt saw the movie "Trail
of Tears" in 1960, it changed her life. She began
to learn as much as she could about her culture - the
Chippewa Cree. When she was a child, she remembers being
ashamed of her heritage. Her father, a Norwegian, had
been rejected by his family after marrying her mother.
of letting discrimination get the better of her, Hunt
and her twin sister, Joy, became the first in their
family to graduate from high school and go on to college.
Today Hunt actively promotes American Indian culture
and her work has gained international recognition.
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members play an important role, looking at cases objectively
and deciding them."
has been a board member since 1981. He raises bees and
processes honey at his ThistleDew Farm in Proctor, West
Virginia. This photo at left actually shows him "wearing"
his infamous "bee beard" made up of thousands
of live honey bees. He often dons his "beard"
at county fairs where he's sure to get lots of attention!
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O. Whitfield, who has served as a Selective Service
District Appeal Board Member since 1988, is the Mayor
of Rock Hill, a community just west of St. Louis.
always been one who wanted to give back to the community,"
he says. "This allows me, in a small way, to contribute
to my country. I've been enriched by my association
with the people affiliated with Selective Service."
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position is an important one in which I must consider
one's honesty, sincerity, and religious convictions.
I feel it is my duty to assist my country by making
objective judgements with a fair voice and without prejudice,"
says this Tampa resident and longtime Local Board Member.
Gonzmart, besides being active in many community groups,
is president of the Columbia Restaurant Group, founded
by his grandfather in 1905.
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is a job that can never be completed. This country will
always need the ability to mobilize its citizens for
its defense," says Don Herring, Chairman of his
Mississippi Local Board. This businessman and former
mayor or Saltillo wants to ensure that any future manpower
call-up is done fairly and impartially. Deferment decisions
will be made by hometown leaders who know the importance
of the Nation's needs, as well as those of citizens
and the community.
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training sessions are very interesting, and while I
hope we never have to meet as a functioning board in
a national crisis, being a board member is an important
responsibility," says Laurence Katz. He is a full-time
faculty member who has also served for 15 years as dean
of the University of Baltimore Law School. During this
time the school doubled its faculty, boosted enrollment,
and built a 92,000 square foot law center.
a father of five, a grandfather, and an active member
of Baltimore's Jewish community.