THE NOMINATION PERIOD FOR THE 2017 WYOMING JEFFERSON AWARDS IS CLOSED.
WE HOPE YOU WILL CONSIDER SUBMITTING A CANDIDATE NEXT YEAR.
PLEASE LOOK FOR OUR CALL FOR NOMINATIONS IN THE FALL.
THE 2017 JEFFERSON AWARD NOMINEES ARE:
ANNE AQUIN of CHEYENNE
ANNABETH BABCOCK of LANDER
MARY ANN BUDENSKE of CASPER
BILL BUNTYN of CODY
RON CASALENDA of DOUGLAS
EDWARD CHASE of CASPER
ALLEN CROWDER of CASPER
TAMMY GREEN of LANDER
PEARL HANES of EVANSVILLE
MARY "MH" HENNAGIN of CASPER
JERRY KNIGHT of CASPER
REBECCA KOUNTZ of CASPER
ELAINE KRISTIANSEN of SHERIDAN
SUSAN LITTLEFIELD-HAINES of CASPER
STEVE & MARY LOVELACE of CASPER
DIANA LUDEMAN of MIDWEST
STEPHANIE (MISSY) MOELLENBERG of CHEYENNE
DUANE OLESEN of CHEYENNE
MYRTIE PETERSON of CASPER
CINDE PFISTERER of RIVERTON
JACK PHARAOH of GREYBULL
CASEY PRIOR of SHERIDAN
JAN RAYBURN of MILLS
VERONIKA SCHULTZ of RIVERTON
MIAMIE SLEEP of CASPER
MICHAEL SMITH of MIDWEST
SEYMOUR THICKMAN of SHERIDAN
MARY ANNE VALENTINE of CASPER
BRIAN AND DANIELLE WAGENER OF CASPER
MARTHA WALLACE of CASPER
MALENE WEGEMER of CASPER
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF THIS YEAR'S NOMINEES!!
The 2017 Wyoming Jefferson Award Medallion Recipients
Edward Chase of Casper
Ed Chase has been a volunteer driver for Natrona County Meals On Wheels for 23 years, giving over 4000 hours in the fight against hunger for home-bound seniors in Casper. He also delivers food bags for the Wyoming Food for Thought project and is a very active volunteer in his church, the Wyoming National Association for Active & Retired Federal Employees Federation where he has also served as a president. Ed is a past Wyoming State civil rights coordinator for the US Department of Agriculture and Farmer's Home Administration for five years. He was the director of Westland Park and Improvement District and a member of the Joint Powers Service and Sewer board for Red Butte and Westland Park. His nominator stated, “There is no job too big, small or often, for Ed.”
Jerry Knight of Casper
Jerry Knight helped develop Pop In The Shop, a faith-based mentoring organization for fatherless young men ages 7 – 17. Jerry is making a difference by teaching automotive restoration in tandem with keeping the young men off drugs, in school, and out of gangs. The mentors at Pop In The Shop teach the young men positive life skills and community volunteerism along with training them on how to build classic cars from the ground up. The profit from the sale of the cars goes right back into the next classic car project. Along the way they have fixed up cars and given them to single mothers and done oil changes for needy members of our community.
Seymour Thickman of Sheridan
Seymour Thickman has been an active and generous community member since the 1950s. The Sheridan Senior Center, Sheridan Memorial Hospital and Foundation, Sheridan Civic Theater, The Sheridan Center for a Vital Community, The Wyoming Humanities Council, Sheridan College, and many more have benefited from his work.
Dr. Thickman is a long-time physician; he has been in the medical profession for 70 years. He believes strongly that people of age have a duty, responsibility, and are uniquely qualified to give back to their communities. He is an example to others about the impact one person can make to change the world.
Malene Wegemer of Casper
Malene Wegemer is a volunteer for the Wyoming Symphony Orchestra (WSO), and has been for 22 years. She is likewise a volunteer at the Senior Center, and has been for over 25 years. However, Malene herself is certainly no has-been! After raising their family in Star Valley, she and her husband moved to Casper. Over the years, Malene has served thousands of people at the Senior Center, the WSO, St. Patrick’s Church and St. Vincent DePaul Thrift Store . . . and she still makes time to volunteer in Records at the local police department. She has been part of the Mentor Reading program at St. Anthony’s Manor and helped at Paradise Valley School. This special lady does it all – at the age
The nominee chosen to represent Wyoming at the National Jefferson Award Ceremonies in Washington, D.C. will be announced at the end of the ceremonial luncheon on Wednesday, May 10th, 2017.