AUDUBON— When this year’s Celebrate Audubon Citizen of the Year recently completed a questionnaire, she said, “Volunteering is my passion, and I try to make Audubon County a place for everyone to enjoy.” She has touched many lives in the area, just doing what she loves to do.
Chris Jensen was named Citizen of the Year at Celebrate Audubon this year, and got another surprise with it, thanks to his hard-working friends and family – his daughter Molly came over from Washington DC and presented him with a bouquet. flowers.
She said she was totally surprised when her name was announced. “I had no idea,” she said. “My family and friends kept a wonderful secret.”
She said nothing enlightened her or spoiled the secret. “I didn’t even think about it,” she said. She had attended a Celebrate Iowa event a few years ago when the fairboard was honored, so when they were asked to go because Kennedy Rohe was honored, she forgot about it.
She was surprised when they called her name, but even more so when a familiar face showed up with a bouquet of flowers: her daughter Molly was on hand for the presentation – and had come from Washington, D.C. Having Molly there , Chris said , was very special.
Over the years she has done a lot for the community and it has earned her a number of nominations.
She has been active in her church, giving the children a positive role model. She launched the Operation Christmas Child program, soliciting donations and packing more than 160 boxes.
She taught at the school for 36 years, doing much to enrich the lives of her students, including through Character Counts.
“Over 700 lives have been shaped by our laureate. It is impossible to name even half of the committees and projects led by this individual during those years. A favorite may have been when, each spring, the high school library windows were adorned with photos, artwork, letters and assignments from former graduating students,” Chris said. She also took middle and high school students to the top of the Iowa to volunteer and helped develop the Audubon County Teen Volunteer Organization.
When it comes to volunteering, she said the number of hours a week she does depends on the time of year. She is very involved in her PEO group and will be president of the organization this year.
She and her husband are deeply involved in the Audubon County Fair.
“My husband is the president of the fairboard,” she said, “and I’m a friend of the fair.”
She spends a lot of time in the office and is often so busy that she hardly goes out to see the fair.
She said she appreciates those who wrote letters nominating her for the award. “Many were my PEO sisters and teacher friends. “I really appreciate that they think of me,” she said.
“It’s been a wonderful honor, and I will continue to do what I do, for as long as I can,” Chris said.