Earlier this month, the Sioux Empire United Way announced winners of their annual volunteer and leadership awards. Among those receiving awards were LSS CEO and President Betty Oldenkamp. In addition to Betty, there were several award recipients with close ties to LSS Mentoring Services and we would like to extend our congratulations and gratitude.
Carl Wynja received the David Birkeland Memorial Award. This memorial award is given to a Sioux Falls leader who has shown great involvement in our community. Among the many volunteer opportunities Carl engages in, one is that he has served as a mentor for over 20 years. Carl is a very dedicated mentor at Hawthorne Elementary. In addition to volunteering himself, he has encouraged several US Bank employees to mentor as well.
Melanie Schopp received the Rich Garry Rookie of the
Year Award for stepping up as a first year United Way volunteer. Melanie, who is Campus Director at Globe University, has volunteered to lead a group of Sioux Falls higher education leaders to coordinate LSS USucceed University. She has helped facilitate events for USucceed students and their mentors to explore college and career options. Mark Millage, President of Kilian Community College, presented the award to Melanie. Mark is also a great USucceed University volunteer. Dr. Mark Lee, Director of the University Center in Sioux Falls, received this award in 2012 and has also been involved with USucceed University.
Tim Blotske was named the 2013 United Way Volunteer of the Year for his work coordinating the Heart Club. Tim started mentoring a Terry Redlin student in 2007, and followed his student through middle school with the LSS program. He continued on with his mentee as they transitioned to Washington High School and their mentor program in 2011.
These people have made a difference in many ways in the Sioux Empire! We are proud to have such caring individuals involved with LSS Mentoring and the community as a whole.