Monday, 25 February 2013 by Keith Bahlmann
City Federation of Women's Clubs honored five Community Service Volunteers at a luncheon meeting on February 12, 2013 at the City Federation Club House according to Pat Cobb, President of City Federation of Women's Clubs. The Community Volunteer Award was established in 1983 and over the past 30 years a total of 80 men and women have been recognized by the Organization.
The 2013 Honorees are: Karen Allman, was recognized for 30 years of work with the Camp Fire program and her leadership in locally establishing and organizing the Absolutely Incredible Kid Celebration. Mrs. Allman served in a number of part time leadership roles with the Camp Fire program in Bell, Coryell and Falls Counties and in addition volunteered hundreds of hours of additional time to the Cedar Ridge and Tejas Camp Fire Councils. Other community service by Mrs. Allman includes 15 years as a member of the Board of Directors of the Central Texas Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse and 40 years of active membership at First Baptist Church of Temple where she has volunteered as a Sunday School Teacher, and member of the choir.
Beverly Luedke, a physical therapist with Luedke Consulting, was honored for her service to Altrusa International of Temple, Inc. Mrs. Luedke was recently honored as Altrusan of the Year by the Temple Club for her leadership and active involvement in over 15 different club projects during the past two years. She is the 35th recipient for this special award, which was established in 1978 to honor Central Texas women for their outstanding and lasting service to the community. Beverly currently serves as Vice President of the local Altrusa Club and is a member of their Board of Directors. Mrs. Luedke is also very active with Rotary as Foundation Chairman and District 5870 Peru Wheelchair Foundation Project Chairman. She and her husband have served as a Host Family for Foreign Exchange students, and Beverly is also an active member of St. Paul Lutheran Church.
Sandy Korompai's thousand's of hours of volunteer service to City Federation of Women's Clubs and Medical Alliance of Bell County and other community organizations was highlighted during the awards program. Sandy currently serves on the City Federation Foundation as Treasurer and is an active Board Member for Medical Alliance. She has Co-Chaired the City Federation Bazaar Luncheon for more than 10 years and has been responsible for virtually all technology-based needs for the various organizations such as printing projects, maintaining membership and mailing databases, preparing the Medical Alliance newsletter and yearbook. As a key member of the successful Caring Ball fundraiser team working with Altrusa and the Medical Alliance, Sandy has done her part to help raise several million dollars for the Temple Community Clinic. Sandy was cited for her technical help and leadership which made it possible for City Federation to successfully raise more than $200,000 for Bell County College Scholarships and Community Awards through the annual Scholarship Fashion Show Luncheon.
Theda Maxfield, a registered nurse, was nominated for her service by the Temple Study Club. She is a longtime member and volunteer of that City Federation member club. Mrs. Maxfield, a member of the Board of Directors for the Temple Community Clinic for 14 years, currently serves as Secretary. In addition, Theda performs initial health assessments, records patients' health histories, administers injections, and conducts health education for patients of the Community Clinic. In 2010, Mrs. Maxfield was honored as Community Clinic Volunteer of the Year at the annual Caring Ball. Through her volunteer efforts, uninsured patients receive quality health care at no cost. Mrs. Maxfield was also recognized for 18 years of volunteer service with the Scott and White Pioneers, an organization which benefits the Children's Miracle Network, McLane Children's Hospital Scott & White, and Scott & White Hospital and Clinic. Theda currently serves as President of the Pioneers.
Kimberly Pointer of Helping Hands Ministry has been instrumental in improving the process for interviewing and registering more than 1500 children for the Project Apple Tree Program each year. Kim, a faithful volunteer at Helping Hands Ministry for more than 10 years and a past Helping Hands Volunteer of the Year, runs the Client Care Office.
She checks in, interviews, and counsels more than 6,800 clients annually. With her fluency in Spanish, Mrs. Pointer serves as an interpreter and is a great help in determining client needs and explaining available services. Kimberly also works closely with over 100 needy expectant mothers annually, helping them to fulfill the requirements for receiving a Bundle of Joy bag and other necessary baby equipment upon the birth of their babies.
She also spends many Saturdays and holidays supervising volunteer groups of students and adults with clean up and stocking at the Helping Hands building in Belton. During 2012, clients were assisted with dignity and respect while receiving food, clothing, and/or benevolence more than 105,000 times through the Office of Client Care that Kimberly oversees.