Volunteer ServicesShining Stars

City Hall

212 N. Bonner

Tyler, TX 75702

Ph: (903) 531-1100

Fax: (903) 531-1248

2015-2016 Volunteer of the Year

 Marvin is the 2015-16 Volunteer of the Year.  He has been volunteering for the past 3 years as a Book Buddy at the Tyler Public Library.

 Marvin Mayer, a published author, exuberantly reads books to preschoolers every Tuesday at the North Tyler Day Nursery.  After his retirement in 2007 from the banking and financial industry, Marvin enrolled in a correspondence course at the Institute for Children’s Literature.  He has since published three children’s picture books entitled “Sammy Squirrel and the Sunflower Seeds,” “The Day X Ran Away,”  “Ferdinand, Frogs, and Flight.”

 His soon-to-be published book entitled “Case of the Stolen Stash” is a Sherlock Holmes whodunit mystery about a widowed mother bird who seeks the assistance of Judge Owl to help her find her stolen seeds.  It will include an appendix that provides information about different bird’s dieting habits, their types of nests, and the number of eggs each bird normally lays.    He also writes a monthly online column for the Stephen F. Austin Heritage Center.  His articles include information of historical interest or events that have affected Smith County.

 When he is not writing, one can find him traveling with his wife’s club, the Daytrippers, or volunteering as a Stephen minister at his church, the recording secretary at the Smith County Historical Society, an usher at the Cowan Performing Arts Center, and several other organizations that include the Children’s Advocacy Center of Smith County and the East Texas Writers’ Guild.

Linda Gray, youth services librarian, said “When he visits


schools he often states they are a bright spot in his day.

I find it interesting that he is a published author and even has couple of books in the Tyler Public Library.

Thank you Marvin for providing your talents of storytelling to the City of Tyler.  You are truly a shining star!




Shining Star of the Month

July-August 2016, Ricky Polcer, Tyler Police Department/Municipal Court

Ricky Polcer has been chosen as the Shining Star for the months of July and August.  She currently volunteers as a member of the Accessible Parking Enforcement team and has done so since February 2013.  Her role is to write tickets to those who illegally park in handicapped spaces.

 “Number one-I try to educate people for those with a real need. And number two-I ticket people who need to be ticketed (sic) repeat offenders,” Ricky stated.

Ricky was born and raised in Salina, Kansas.  She later married her husband, John, who served in the United States Air Force while she worked in civil service in personnel management for 30 years (now known as Human Resources).  They had the opportunity to live in places such as Las Vegas, Washington state, New Jersey, Germany, Greece, Arkansas, Illinois and finally Texas.  While working as a civil servant, she obtained both her bachelors in business management and her masters in personnel management in three and a half years.  She retired from Kelly Air Force Base in San Antonio and has lived in Tyler since 2005.

She also makes quilts for several charities such as Quilts for Kids, Hospice Austin, New Life and the Alzheimer Disease Cooperative Study. She has made 1,000 quilts for both the Alzheimer’s group and Quilts for kids since 2010.  In addition to quilts, she makes totes with handles, Christmas pillowcases and fleece throws New Life.

Ricky’s other passions are her greyhounds. She used to foster them.  She proudly boasts that her pets, Miguel and Jinx, are her love. 

Congratulations to Ricky Polcer for her outstanding service to the community through her hard work and dedication in protecting some of our most vulnerable citizens.  Volunteer Tyler appreciates your service.

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