Special to the Journal
City Federation of Women’s Clubs honored five Community Service Volunteers at a luncheon meeting on February 9, 2016 at the City Federation Club House according to Vicky Jaramillo, President of City Federation. The community Volunteer Award was first established in 1983 and over the past 33 years, a total of 95 men and women have been recognized by the Organization.
The 2016 honorees include Gail Christian of Belton, who was recognized for eight years of dedicated service to the Bell County Master Gardeners Association. Mrs. Christian was nominated by Mary Ann Everett for her extensive involvement in the Organization including serving two years as Webmaster, three years as Treasurer, and five years on the Board of Directors for Bell County Master Gardeners Association.
Gail is an active member of the Grounds Committee, which weekly maintains the Demonstration Gardens around the Bell County North Annex Building where the Texas AgriLife Extension Office is located. She is a member of the Speaker’s Bureau and works closely with youth groups, helping to educate both adults and school children about gardening basics, agriculture and how to care for our environment.
In the past three years, Mrs. Christian has volunteered 1200 hours of her time to assist with a variety of educational activities including the Bell County Home and Garden Show, plant sales, Bell County Youth Fair, and the 2015 Texas Master Gardener Conference, held in Belton with more than 600 Master Gardeners attending.
Dr. Gary Gosney a Temple Veterinarian since 1970, was honored for his varied contributions of time and service to the Central Texas community and the arts. Dr. Gosney, a motivational speaker, published playwright and author, has appeared in over 100 productions of Temple Civic Theatre plays.
He is very active with Temple Lions Club and the Lions Club Foundation, including serving as President. He has also served on the Temple Lions Club Park Board, is a Past Chairman of the Temple Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Committee, and the Chamber of Commerce Buy Local Committee. Dr. Gosney is a Viet Nam Veteran and was awarded the Bronze Star, the Army Commendation Medal and the Viet Nam Commendation Metal.
At Grace Presbyterian Church, Dr. Gosney serves as an Elder, is a Lay Minister and has taught an adult Sunday School Class for many years. He is a member of the Central Texas Veterinary Medical Association where he was voted top Veterinarian in Cen-Texas for several years. Gary was nominated by City Federation Past President Jean Gosney for his service to his community and his country.
Carol S. Hodge of Temple, currently serves as President of the Friends of the Temple Public Library, a nonprofit organization she enjoys supporting because it promotes literacy and helps to fund many Temple Public Library services and programs. Two annual used book sales each year in February and the week preceding Labor Day are manned by a multitude of willing volunteers who spend countless hours sorting books, publicizing the event and manning sales tables to raise needed funds for the Library.
Carol has been involved with the Organization for the past ten years and served on the Board for nine years and she spends approximately 15 hours weekly in her role as President. Her service comes out of her Social Work background and the desire to make a difference in our community.
Mrs. Hodge has been a member of Betty Martin Chapter Daughters of the America Revolution since 2009, and was nominated by DAR Regent Pam Baker. Currently, Carol serves as Chair of the Women’s Issues Committee and is active in many of the ongoing Chapter projects and programs.
She is a member of First Presbyterian Church of Temple where she serves on the Session, the ruling body of the Church. She is Chair of Congregational Care, a committee that meets the needs of members during illness, bereavement, and life journeys. She heads the environmental activities of her church such as recycling. Carol also participates in the mission projects of Meals on Wheels, Family Promise and the Nicaragua Living Water project.
For the past seven years, Carole Owen of Temple, has undertaken a special patriotic project in connection with Betty Martin Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution. As National Defense Chair, Mrs. Owen writes personal letters each week to the families of veterans and selected patriots whose obituaries have appeared in the Temple Daily Telegram. In her nomination letter, DAR Regent Pam Baker stated that more than 3,000 families have received these letters as part of Carol’s “Honoring Our National Defenders” Project during the past seven years and that Carole’s service to DAR totals approximately 3000 hours.
In addition to her patriotic service to DAR, Mrs. Owen has been an involved member of First Presbyterian Church’s Meals of Wheels project for the past 15 years. She also volunteers for the Family Promise Program and various mission programs, including the 2015 Waco ‘s Church Under the Bridge outreach to area homeless. Other community volunteer service for Carole includes Friends of the Temple Public Library, Back to School program at Jefferson Elementary, and 11 years of involvement as a Master Gardener.
One other service project of Mrs. Owen’s is her work with the Texas Scottie Rescue Fund, Inc., a nonprofit organization which raises money for veterinary care of special needs Scottie Rescues. Carole has served on the Board of Directors since 2002 and has been President since 2011 for that Organization. For the past 30 years, Carole has volunteered her time to write numerous Scottie articles for magazines, including the National Scottie Club’s “The Bagpiper and Great Scots Magazine.
Marjorie Crenshaw of Temple, passed away unexpectedly in December 2015, yet her decades of service to First Christian Church of Temple were remembered with appreciation and love by church members including Ruby Jett who submitted a nomination letter honoring Marjorie’s memory and service. For more than forty years, Mrs. Crenshaw taught Sunday School each week at the Church reaching hundreds of children and youth with Christian education over the years.
She also served First Christian as an Elder for more than 20 years and she ministered to the Temple Meridian Retirement Community residents with weekly church services and communion. In addition, Marjorie took communion to approximately five homebound members each month. Another role that Marjorie did with love and joy was ministering to Church families by coordinating bereavement meals and meals for ill Church members.
Churches Touching Lives Through Christ benefited from Marjorie’s volunteer hours with the Back Pack Buddies project and her work with the food distribution program. The nomination letter also cited Mrs. Crenshaw’s years of service with her husband Bill, as Boy Scout leaders with Troop 151 at First Christian Church. She was also an active volunteer at both Freeman Heights and Western Hills Elementary when her sons were in elementary school.
In Marjorie Crenshaw’s memory, City Federation of Women’s Clubs, presented a check to her son, Joel Crenshaw for a memorial to First Christian Church honoring her many years of dedicated service.
Ilene Miller, Community Volunteer Awards Co-Chair and President Vicky Jaramillo, thanked the honorees for their distinguished service and presented awards to Gail Christian, Dr. Gary Gosney, Carol S. Hodge, and Carole Owen on behalf of City Federation of Women’s Clubs and the Central Texas Community. The honorees’ names have also been added to a permanent plaque in the Historic City Federation Club House at 219 King Circle to commemorate the occasion.