Two JASI Volunteers
Honored by Lt. Governor Skillman

Mako Pekarski and Kyoko Filips Receive Golden Hoosier Award

The Golden Hoosier Award
The Golden Hoosier Awards recognize senior volunteers across the state of Indiana who work to improve their communities, help others, and serve as mentors and caregivers.   The award is presented by Indiana Lieutenant Governor Becky Skillman and is the highest honor bestowed upon a senior citizen by the State of Indiana.  Nominated by the Japan-America Society of Indiana, Mako Pekarski and Kyoko Filips, long-time JASI volunteers, were among the twenty-seven award winners this year.  The awards were presented at a luncheon hosted by Lt. Governor Skillman on September 10th in conjunction with the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration.   

“These Golden Hoosiers have set the bar high, going the extra mile and never looking for attention, not even a part on the back or a “job well done.”  They simply have serving spirits and hearts for others.” said Lt. Governor Skillman. 

Both Mako and Kyoko have volunteered for the Japan-America Society of Indiana for almost twenty years, facilitating a myriad of cultural activities, as well as volunteering at their churches and helping newly-arriving Japanese wives. 

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Mako Kyoko
Mako Pekarski and Kyoko Filips receive the award
from Lt. Governor Becky Skillman