Each year the Retired Senior Volunteer Program presents its Leadership Award to an individual who supports the mission of RSVP through volunteering in the community and providing leadership to other organizations that enhance volunteer opportunities for older adults.
Walter Kruse has been a business development specialist with Central Technology Center in Sapulpa since 1990. In 2004 Kruse was named Small Business Advocate of the Year by the Small Business Financial Administration. He is an active member of the Oklahoma Quality Award Foundation serving as examiner, team leader, judge and examiner trainer. In 2006 Kruse received the Volunteer of the Year from the foundation. He has also served as an examiner for the national Malcolm Baldrige Quality Award.
Kruse began serving on the RSVP Advisory Council in 1997, followed by two terms on the board, two terms as vice president and two terms as president. One of Kruse’s greatest accomplishments while in leadership of the organization was the 30/30 fundraising campaign and the relocation of the RSVP offices to its current location. Kruse directed the redesign of the Board and Advisory Council, guided the organization through two strategic plans, assisted with software selection and implementation, and presently he continues to promote the organization and recruit quality board members.