Elisabeth Congdon Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient 2016
At the 2016 JLD Annual dinner, we recognized Nicole Widdes’ service to the League. During her career as an Active, she has worked in almost all of the positions available and was President from 2012-2013. Nicole served in special projects as a member, but often a chair, including Girl’s Night Out, Hartley Nature Center, Backpacks for Kids and Festival of Trees. In her President-Elect year, Nicole helped develop and orchestrate the JLD Leadership Institute. Nicole has also served as a JLD board delegate to North Country Ride. Other community activities Nicole is involved in include Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) Parent Advisory Board and Chair of the District-wide Advisory Board. Nicole was a Girl Scout Troop Leader, and a member of the Temple Israel Bylaws Committee, Congdon Park Elementary School Parent Teacher Association and Marshall School Parent Organization. Her passion for League and the Twin Ports community is evident in each of the roles in which she serves where she exemplifies the spirit of a servant leader. Congratulations Nicole!
Sustainer of the Year Award Recipient 2016
Suzanne Rauvola was awarded the 2016 Sustainer of the Year Award at the 2016 JLD Annual Dinner. She has shown leadership both as an active Junior League member and as an involved community member. Suzanne joined the League in 1996. She served on the League Lights committee, co-chaired the Plant Sale and received the 2006 Volunteer of the Year Award. As a sustainer Suzanne has volunteered at Festival of Trees and bagged toffee with other sustainers. She has served as a sustainer advisor on the Sustainer Advisory Board for many years.
Suzanne has been an active volunteer in the Duluth community. If there is a job to do, Suzanne is there. She has answered phones for the WDSE/Channel 8 pledge drive. She has walked in the Multiple Sclerosis Walk-a-thon. She is a regular, long time blood donor. Suzanne has cleaned up Playfront Park, sold daffodils for the American Cancer Society, served dinner at the Union Gospel Mission and assisted at the annual Alzheimer’s fundraising luncheon.
Suzanne is very involved at First Lutheran Church in Duluth where she sings in the choir, plays in the bell choir, plays piano for Sunday school and helps organize funerals. She even organized a Hymns and Beer Night and currently is President of the congregation.
Suzanne is an excellent example of what it means to be a volunteer. She is always willing to help. She is a hands-on volunteer, getting other people involved too. Congratulations Suzanne!