By TOMIE LUNSFORD
Telegram Staff Writer
Nothing shows love of community more than volunteer work.
The City Federation of Women's Clubs knows this to be true.
'Volunteering is what we're about,' said president Judy Scarborough at the City Federation's Feb. 9 meeting. 'We aim to do what we can when we can.'
That was her introduction to the club's annual distribution of the Community Volunteer Awards. The 2010 recipients are Federation member Jean Nolen of Temple and Shawn Shannon of Belton, the director of the Baptist Student Ministry at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor.
'These two women are out in the community giving their time for the betterment of others,' said Aliceanne Wallace, co-chair of the Volunteer Award committee. 'They don't do it because they expect anything back. They do it because they enjoy the work and because they see value in it.' Shawn Shannon
George Loutherback, a UMHB chaplain, nominated Ms. Shannon for the City Federation award.
'She has personally vested many hours in serving the Belton Community,' Loutherback said.
Ms. Shannon's a longtime supporter and helper to several area ministries, including the Body of Christ Community Clinic, Helping Hands, Hope for the Hungry, Apple Tree, Angel Tree and Child Advocacy Center.
She serves breakfast at the annual Pancake Supper for the Belton Ministerial Fellowship, and she helped to establish the Won't You Be My Neighbor ministry in the Miller Heights area of Belton.
'By any measure, Ms. Shannon is worthy of this award,' Loutherback said. 'She's a role model for many UMHB students. Her work has inspired them to volunteer literally hundreds of hours to the Belton community.'
It was Federation member Ilene Miller of Temple who nominated Ms. Nolen.
'Jean is one of those quiet, dependable and essential leaders who seldom get the recognition they deserve,' Ms. Miller said. 'She has the heart of a servant.'
The First United Methodist Church of Temple has been at the root of Ms. Nolen's volunteer work for more than 20 years.
A former president and member of the United Methodist Women, Ms. Nolen types the organization's yearbook each year and volunteers in the church office every week, folding bulletins and answering the phone.
'She is also on the team that cooks casseroles for Meals on Wheels and the monthly dinner for the Thursday Club Alzheimer's Respite Group,' Ms. Miller said.
Ms. Nolen's also a regular volunteer for Churches Touching Lives for Christ, the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association and the Midway Club of the Bell County Extension Education Association.
'Jean's a full-time volunteer,' Ms. Miller said. 'She gives so much to so many in her own quiet way.'
Both women received a flower bouquet and a certificate of appreciation for their efforts in improving the Bell County community.
They were grateful as they stood before the standing ovation of the City Federation.
'There are so many other people who deserve this award more than I do, people who accomplish great things and make great changes,' Ms. Nolen said. 'I'm not one of those people. I'm just someone who likes to stay busy and someone who enjoys visiting.'
Ms. Shannon shared Ms. Nolen's sentiment.
'When I got the award, I had been aware of the City Federation and of the length, depth and breadth of their service,' Ms. Shannon said. 'It was like suddenly finding out something wonderful was going on in the world. It was an honor to be recognized by them. I loved being a room full of role models.'