This year’s District Two Volunteer of the Year award went to Marianna Woman’s Club member Jane Powell. Jane served as president of the Marianna Woman’s Club from 2014-2015. Throughout her time with the Marianna Woman’s Club, Jane Powell has gone above and beyond the expectations of any member. She has put her heart and soul in every project she has undertaken. Her fellow members hold her in the highest regard for her dedication to her projects. Her efforts were recently rewarded when she was named the District Two Volunteer of the Year. Below is the letter submitted in recommending Powell for this honor.
“Jane served as club President during the 2014-16 club year and finished her last four months in 2016. She asked for her special emphasis to be Membership and Veterans Affairs during her tenure. Membership was increased by 29 new members and she organized the Marianna Woman’s Club (MWC) Veteran’s Appreciation Fair. Jane and her husband fought the VA Administration for 30 years to get the benefits he was entitled to and got nowhere with them. She eventually got them not only for him, but also she gained knowledge that she put into the Fair organization for MWC. She secured 12 different vendors with information to pass out to the veterans that would help them with questions concerning their health and services available to them that they may not have known about. The local park to hold the event, a community partner to help with cooking the lunch and a program provided by their local, new senator and a 100 plus member Elementary School chorus completed Jane’s coordination of the Fair. It was a great success – over 300 people attended this event. T.V. and local newspapers helped to made this a great success. She serves as Public Issues Department Chairman and coordinated and worked the National Salute to Veteran Patients, for a week, at the local VA Outpatient Clinic with club members handing out Valentine’s and treats to the veterans as they came in for their appointments. Jane provided baked goods for the Jackson County Library Dessert Extravaganza, sandwiches for the Special Olympics, Christmas gifts for the nursing homes, and food items for the MWC food drive for the Home Life Department, sponsored 3 children (Operation Christmas Child) for the International Outreach project, and produced many beautiful handmade items for the annual Christmas Auction for the Budget/Finance fundraising efforts.
She coordinated the design of the MWC pin with proceeds to be placed in the Capital
Improvements Account to help with the up-keep of their clubhouse. She helped our community sponsor, the Chipola Civic Club, with their annual Memorial Day Veteran’s and FirstResponders Appreciation Day. She assisted the MWC in the Clinton Street Halloween Trunk or Treat Festival – Jane poured 400 cups of punch and helped to hand out a barrel of candy to children in a safe environment. Jane decorated 2 tables in our annual Mother’s Day Celebration, provided the program, and assisted with other aspects of the event. Jane worked to produce MWC’s first First Responder’s Appreciation Day for the many “First Responders” working inour local community in the Police, Sheriff, and Fire Departments. Jane supported the FFWC CCI and Hacienda State projects not only with her time, but also with her monetary donations.
Jane coordinated the MWC Bag Mat project for homeless veterans by not only holding small meetings to teach members and volunteers crocheting, but also how to turn plastic bags into strands of crochet material for the sleeping mats. Newspaper coverage, 3 different times in local newspapers in one week, brought then an invitation to the local Malone Pecan Festival and Fun Day where many hundreds of people saw hands on bag mat demonstrations throughout the day.
She attended the 2016 LEADS program, put what she had learned about leadership to work, and committed herself to the District 2 Membership Chairman position. Jane truly does “Live the Volunteer Spirit” in her community with her 484 volunteer hours and lives by her club motto, ‘Not for Ourselves, But for Others.’”
The Jackson County Times salutes Jane Powell on her accomplishments and a most deserved award.