The Greater Women’s Club recently honored 31 volunteers at the President’s Volunteer Service Awards for their work and dedication to a variety of community projects.
“I’m amazed at all the work our members do,” Women’s Club president Janice Smith said. “We have very dedicated volunteers who do a lot for our community.”
The volunteers recognized, logged between 100 and 500 hours of work on the various projects.
Winners in the Gold category who logged 500 or more hours were Dorene Badalementi and Gayle Clark.
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“I’ve been fortunate enough to find the time to do it,” Badalamenti said. “Something I’ve found out is that a big proponent of service is money, which helps all organizations, but time is also invaluable, and this is my way of giving back to my community.”
Badalamenti worked most of her volunteer hours on the club’s yearly fashion show with a group of other club members as the chairperson. She also spent much of her service time with Metroport Meals on Wheels, the Public Arts board and doing political fundraising campaigns.She also helped out in Keller ISD when her children were in school.
Silver category winners who logged between 250 to 499 hours are Linda Bowden, Debbie Dodge, Carolyn Fleet, Kimberly Head, Cindy Keen, Daryl Lynch, Beth Murray, Paulette Olson, Caroline Sherman, and Janice Smith.
Bronze category winners logged between 100-249 hours of service. Those winners are Jennifer Armstrong, June Aurelio, Nina Bianco, Karen Boeckman, Kristie Bohnenkamp, Emmie Coleman, Suzanne Everheart, Diane Fuhrmeiser, Susan Gasso-Arnold, Debbie Johnson, Dottie Johnson, Paula Miller, Hazel Murphy, Lyn Patterson, Patty Recca, Sheryl Roberts, Annette Thomas, Mary Ellen Turner, and Susan Walker.
Aside from their commitment to volunteer service, the Women’s Club also provides grants to various Keller organizations. The club awarded $36,000 in scholarships to seniors at Keller High School during the awards ceremony.
Club members are from area communities such as Keller, Southlake and Colleyville.
The members do volunteer work at various Northeast Tarrant County organizations such as the Community Storehouse, Victory Therapy Center and Metroport Meals on Wheels.
The service awards were created in 2009 and the Keller chapter is in its 25th year. Smith said the club raised more than $1 million through the annual spring fashion show, which is in its 20th year.