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Marge Morris, an Oakton School parent who has been involved with the Oakton PTA for a decade, was presented the 2014 Phyllis Ganser Outstanding PTA Volunteer of the Year award at the June 2 District 65 School Board meeting.

The award is given to a person or persons who exhibit a commitment to the PTA goal of promoting the welfare of all school children, a willingness to work in any capacity (even behind the scenes), a spirit and enthusiasm for volunteer work and an ability to engage and involve other volunteers.

In presenting the award, Sue Ganser Levinson, the sister of Phyllis Ganser, said Ms. Morris was nominated by a friend, Meghan Vinson, who described her as “passionate about the Oakton community and [someone who] does whatever it takes to help support and nurture it.”

Ms. Morris has held numerous positions at Oakton, and is the retiring PTA president. “What came through to the [selection] committee was not only Marge’s clear commitment as a PTA volunteer, but her commitment to each student and family in the Oakton community,” said Ms. Levinson. “Her nominator says she promotes a feeling of unity among the three academic strands at Oakton, and finds ways to make sure all the children have the opportunity to be included in PTA sponsored events, which include such things as author’s visits and Artists-in-Residence.

“Marge, we applaud you for you dedication and success as a PTA volunteer, and the high regard in which you are held.”

The Ganser award was established to honor the memory of Phyllis Ganser, an outstanding PTA volunteer who set a high standard through her dedication to the community of children. At the time of her death in January 2000, Ms. Ganser had children at Walker School, Chute School and Evanston Township High School.

In the photo, above, left to right are, Oakton principal Churchill Daniels, Marge Morris and Sue Ganser Levinson.