Margaret Gilley has been chosen as this year’s recipient of the Madison Award.

Margaret Gilley has been chosen as this year’s recipient of the Madison Award.

The award, presented annually by the Madison Lions Club, recognizes sustained voluntary service in the county. It has been awarded since 1991.

Gilley was one of six nominees this year and chosen unanimously by the organizations present at the award meeting. She has been active with the Madison County Rescue Squad, becoming a life member in 2003. Gilley joined the auxiliary first in August 1998 before joining the squad in November 1993. She earned her EMT certification and ran calls until September 1998 after which time she served for several more years as treasurer. Gilley is still actively involved in the auxiliary, volunteering with concession sales at Pete’s Auction House four times a month and assisting with dinners and brunches. She also provides food and comfort items for emergency responders during disaster responses including missing person search parties, mass casualty events and flooding.

In addition, Gilley is also active at the library, volunteering approximately six hours a week straightening shelves and wedding the collection of books.

“No big deal one might think, but this entails handling over 38,000 books,” librarian Bonnie Utz said. “Margaret’s service to the library is invaluable.”

When not at the rescue squad or library, Gilley can be found at numerous other local organizations. She spends every Tuesday with Madison Emergency Services Association (MESA) helping with the food pantry. For the Rappahannock-Rapidan Services Authority she drives a van transporting people to appointments and also volunteers with the senior center.

“Margaret is exceptional, has a great attitude and is willing to help with anything,” senior center administrator Shirley Workman said.

Gilley is also an active member of the Burnt Tree Grange having been involved for more than 40 years and treasurer for more than 20.

“As master of the Burnt Tree Grange, I rely on her dedication and experience as we endeavour to serve our community,” Burnt Tree Grange Master Don Gerhart said. “I, and the members of the Grange, feel that she would be a deserving recipient of this prestigious award which recognizes outstanding volunteer citizens in Madison County.”

And it’s not just locally that Gilley is involved. She’s also participated in two mission trips with Beth Car Baptist Church.

“Our mother and friend has been an invaluable asset to our community,” Chris Gilley and Cat Jenkins said in their nomination of Gilley for the Madison Award. “She has volunteered for over 40 years and is dedicated to giving back every day.”

Gilley will be presented with the Madison Award Tuesday, May 21 at the Lions Club dinner at Graves Mountain Lodge. The event will being at 6:15 p.m. with social hour followed by dinner at 7 p.m. Those wishing to join in honoring Ms. Gilley and recognizing the service of community volunteers and attend dinner should contact Lion Bud Kreh at or 948-6655 as soon as possible.

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