AUBURN – The Auburn-Lewiston YMCA has announced that Penny Woodard of Auburn has been selected as the 2004 Volunteer of the Year.

The award is given annually to a volunteer that has served in helping the YMCA meets its mission: to put Christian principle into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.

Woodard has been associated with the Auburn-Lewiston YMCA for more than 40 years. During that time he has helped the YMCA in a variety of areas. He is still involved as a member of the board of directors.

Woodard began his Y work as a director of the church basketball program during the 1960s. He has served on many committees over the years and presently sits on the Long Range Planning and Membership subcommittees.

He has also been a fund-raiser and has participated in many annual campaigns and the capital campaign for the YMCA Teen Center. Woodard, who is now retired, had an illustrious career in the insurance industry with The Whitmore Agency of Auburn. Jim Lawler, executive director of the Auburn-Lewiston YMCA says, “Penny is what we would call an old-school volunteer. He has been helping us for a long time and does whatever the task is at hand and is willing to serve in any capacity. We are very proud to recognize Penny for his outstanding service and his many years of committed service to the Auburn-Lewiston YMCA.”

For more information on volunteering at the YMCA, or for any other interest, contact the YMCA at 795-4095 or visit their Website at

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