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October ‘Lighting the Way’ Award Goes To…

October ‘Lighting the Way’ Award Goes To…

Our President, Stephanie Merriott, has shared with us the “North Star” vision of service in our community–the focus that points and moves everyone in JSL in the right direction. With “North Star” as a theme, JSL is introducing the “Lighting the Way” recognition award this year. During each JSL Business Meeting the Board will be recognizing a recipient of this award.

The October “Lighting the Way” award was given to the Community Needs and Placement Committee members, Cassie Lara, Terri Steele, Jolie Austin, Julie Boydston, Rachael Humphrey-Ross, Terri Kalbfleish and Lynne Baker, as well as Stephanie Merriott.

As you all may know the Community Needs and Placement/Bess Wallace Truman Scholarship Committee has to hit the ground running late Spring/early Summer to review grant applications and research the organizations that apply for them. Each and every one of the committee members jumped right in and did an excellent job with this. Also, they have each volunteered to research and organize a volunteer opportunity for the JSL membership. They have all just recently volunteered to help by being a part of the scholarship selection process.

In light of this enthusiastic participation it was difficult trying to choose just one member of this committee for this award. What made it more difficult is that every few weeks someone else would step up and lead in a way that made a difference. Cassie Lara as the vice chair has been a right hand, taking minutes and helping Kelly Freeland with details. Terri Steele is always willing to do whatever is needed to be done, an example is the way she stepped up to put together an auction item. Terri also has great connections around Independence. Jolie Austin, Julie Boydston, Rachel Humphrey-Ross, and Terri Kalbfleish have been a tremendous help with all their input on everything from the organizations applying for grants, to the DeWitt Girl Scout Patch. The information and there past long time history with JSL is “priceless”. Last but not least is Lynne Baker with her positive can do attitude that sets a wonderful tone for committee meetings and projects.

Whether active, associate or a sustaining member, each member of this committee has gone above and beyond to contribute to our committee’s successes. Therefore each of the women on this committee deserves the “Lighting the Way Award”. Also, Stephanie Merritt is getting one for being present at every one of our meetings and being a great resource. A special thank you to her for her leadership this year. Thank you all for Lighting the Way for us!

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