On  Sept. 19, members of Hamburg Hometown Pride traveled to Council Bluffs to receive the Iowa Governor's Volunteer Award.
Governor Kim  Reynolds and Lieutenant Governor Adam Gregg presented the award at a ceremony in the chapel of the Council Bluffs Salvation Army on 16th Street.
Hamburg Hometown Pride was one of 24 groups receiving the award in Council Bluffs. Gov. Reynolds also presented awards to 35 individual recipients.
Percival Hometown Pride also received the award at the event.
In 2017, 641 individuals and groups were honored with the Volunteer Award statewide.
The Governor's Volunteer Award program honors dedicated people who volunteer their time and talent to help an agency or organization fulfill its mission.  
Nominations are accepted in March and April each year, with awards presented at regional recognition events during the summer months.
Maggie Langley of Farragut Hometown Pride nominated Hamburg Hometown Pride for the award. After the ceremony, the Hamburg and Farragut groups celebrated with dinner at a Farragut restaurant.
“Our Hometown Pride members were honored to be chosen for the Governor's Volunteer Award,” said Elaine Howard. “They are a wonderful, gifted, hard working group of people who strive to make the community in which they live a place they are proud to call home.”
Howard praised Community Coach Doug Friedli for his leadership of Hometown Pride groups across Fremont County and his “outstanding assistance…Hamburg Hometown Pride has a great group of members who have huge hearts and work hard to promote good 'first impressions' for citizens and visitors to our town.”