By Richard Rhinehart
Martinsburg WV, May 31, 2013 – At a special May 30 ceremony, Berkeley County, West Virginia Commissioners recognized World T.E.A.M. Sports Sea to Shining Sea finisher Sgt. Glenn Goulet for his service and dedication by awarding him the county’s Excellence in Community Service Award for June. The retired Army veteran was honored for his service to the country, his volunteer service to the local non-profit Apollo Civic Theatre, his timely organization of a 2011 Thanksgiving meal for the Knights of Columbus and his ongoing participation in events with veterans, including the 2012 Sea to Shining Sea cross-country ride.
At a ceremony in Berkeley County Council Chambers in Martinsburg, the commissioners presented Goulet with a special commemorative certificate. “Cowboy Glenn” wore his signature white hat and Sea to Shining Sea jersey for the occasion.
“I try to stay active in the community because I cannot sit around home and bounce off the walls from my PTSD and from my injuries,” said Goulet, who was injured during his service in Panama. “Doing good for others in my life is an honor. I cannot do everything, but a little effort goes a long way.”
Participating in the two-month Sea to Shining Sea bicycle ride in the summer of 2012, Goulet and 13 injured veterans overcame challenges along the route, including high mountain passes, unfriendly drivers and record heat in the Great Plains and American Midwest. The team successfully finished their journey in Virginia Beach, Virginia July 28. Goulet has participated in other outdoor sporting events with veterans, including World T.E.A.M. Sports’ Face of America ride from the Pentagon to Gettysburg and bicycle rides with the non-profit Ride 2 Recovery.
Goulet serves a director for Martinsburg’s Apollo Civic Theatre, a historic downtown theater that opened in 1914 for Vaudeville and continues to offer live theatrical productions. As Vice President of Facilities, Goulet is involved with the daily management of the building and the property.
A Grand Knight with the Knights of Columbus fraternal organization, Goulet stepped up in 2011 when the organizers of the Martinsburg Thanksgiving meal decided to cancel the annual event. “I couldn't imagine my grandmother showing up for a meal,” he recalled, “finding the doors locked and no meal.” With the assistance of Marie Keagan, Goulet gathered 20 professional chefs and “over 200 volunteers” to prepare meals. The Knights served dinner to 800 people that Thanksgiving Day, with “the left overs feeding the Knights of Columbus Monday night meals for a month.”
In addition to the certificate and the recognition ceremony, Berkeley County will add Goulet’s name to the Excellence in Community Service Award plaque, displayed in the County Commissioner’s Office in Martinsburg.