NEW TAMPA — Margaret Andrade considers her volunteer efforts on behalf of the New Tampa Junior Woman’s Club a two-fer.
“Volunteering is really a two-for-the-price-of-one deal,” she said. “The amount of joy I receive from our projects always far outweighs whatever community benefit I might be creating.”
So while not in it for the recognition, nonetheless, her fellow club mates at both the chapter and state levels recently saw fit to acknowledge her service by naming her the 2013 Volunteer of the Year for District 8, a west central region in Florida consisting of eight GFWC Junior Woman’s clubs.
“I’m always impressed by the service work completed by GFWC clubs throughout the state, so to be chosen as an individual who has contributed to this is quite an honor,” Andrade said.
Candice Melton, the 2013 New Tampa Woman’s Club president and the person who nominated her, was impressed with Andrade’s contributions to the organization.
In her written nomination of Andrade, she noted that since joining the club in 2011, Andrade volunteered more than 1,000 hours of service, despite the demands of raising two young children.
In addition, the New Tampa 37-member-strong club captured an Emmy Award, meaning it was chosen as the top club in the state among others of comparable size.
It also received the Mary Clark Award, designating it as the best club in the state as a result of amassing the most points among the state’s two other Emmy award winners.
But that’s not all.
Melton won GFWC Florida Federation’s Most Outstanding Chairman Award; club member Lauren Gispanski received a scholarship award; and Kim Pitcock won the Nancy Crawford Leadership Award, named in honor of another former GFWC Florida director of junior clubs.
“GFWC Florida gives out very few awards to individuals, so it is especially exciting that we had four club members honored with individual awards,” Andrade said.
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