“ I chose my time and energy to give to SOTA, because it is a unique volunteer opportunity. It’s scope allows a person to use the full range of their special talents, educational background and experiences as part of a very supportive, welcoming sisterhood of women united by a passion for the Allentown Art Museum.
The respect shown to us by the Museum’s Staff and its CEO demonstrates that the expanding role we play as volunteers is vital. Both SOTA and the Museum make us feel that we are deeply appreciated and valuable.”
~Carol Wallace, SOTA’S Chairwoman of ArtEdventures
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The naming of the Volunteer of the Year is one of the biggest highlights for this May luncheon and of the entire SOTA year. It’s rewarding for all of us when the organization recognizes one of our own who deserves to be thanked for her dedication. Plus, there’s the element of suspense, which piques our curiosity.
I will maintain the suspense as long as I can, but when you start to hear the qualifications and accomplishments of this year’s honoree, it will be difficult to disguise her remarkable identity.
The woman we recognize today has not only distinguished herself for her worthy deeds this year, but has established a record of consistent, constructive service to SOTA that spans more than 20 years. Every step of the way she has worked diligently, with care, precision, and a generous spirit.
She has earned the respect of her fellow SOTA members and the Museum trustees and staff for being energetic, capable and conscientious. Not to mention a genuinely nice person.
Over the years, our honoree has worked on her chosen committees of Curatorial and Museum Store. She has taken significant responsibilities for several Show Houses, has served as Secretary, Treasurer, Vice President of General Committees, Vice President of Education Committees, Personnel Chair, Executive Vice President, President, Past President… and she didn’t slow down even then.
Representing SOTA, she has co-chaired the Allentown Art Museum Gala for the past three years with grace and humility, achieving spectacular success. She is a non-stop powerhouse of activity in a tiny package.
As one of the several SOTA members who nominated this honoree wisely noted, we should jump at the chance to honor her before her good heart has her serving on the SOTA Board again, making her ineligible.
SOTA’s very deserving Volunteer of the Year for 2017 is Teri Johnson.
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