Active of the Year- Pam Thomasson
The Active Member of the Year Award is given to an individual that has gone above and beyond her placement. Congratulations to the 2016-2017 Active of the Year, Pam Thomasson. In this, her 9th year with the League, Pam truly led by example as the Chair for the Headquarters Committee. For 5 of her active years, she was officially double-placed and she is double-placed again for the 2017-18 year. Pam worked long hours keeping the Junior League office functioning while the JLEP worked to hire a new administrative assistant. Without any compensation other than our thanks, she made sure all of the behind the scenes operations of our office ran smoothly and with no interruption. During this time, she also helped the Publications Committee tackle the yearbook and provided continuous support and advice to our members.
Pam’s creativity showed with every General Meeting. She created a beautiful and welcoming environment for everyone in our Junior League home throughout the entire year.
Sustainer of the Year- Ginger Francis
The Sustaining Member of the Year Award is presented to a member who, through her spirit of commitment to the standards, ideals and purpose of the Junior League, has contributed in an outstanding manner.
Congratulations to the 2016-2017 Sustainer of the Year, Ginger Francis. A 31-year member of the Junior League, Ginger has been extremely generous to our organization and our membership for many years, Ginger brought a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Building for the Future Committee as the Sustaining Advisor. She has given her support and guidance to this Committee since they began their work four years ago. She has been a rock and a calming voice, giving needed and appreciated insight. In addition, she also advised the Nominating Committee and welcomed the incoming Officers and the Past Presidents with a beautiful luncheon. Ginger served as President of the Junior League in 1994-95 and has been instrumental in laying the foundations for our new home!
Julia Gilbert Award – Christy Hines
The 2013-2014 Board of Directors established the Julia Gilbert Award to honor a League member with a longstanding passion for our community, love of volunteer service and commitment to the mission of the Junior League of El Paso, Inc. The recipient of this award is selected by the Vice President of Membership and Member-at-Large. The Julia Gilbert is awarded to a member who exhibits the spirit and commitment that Julia had throughout her years of membership in the Junior League of El Paso before her passing in June 2014.
Congratulations to Christy Hines!
Christy has embodied all of the above qualities and more. She has been an active member of the junior league for 17 years. She has served on various committees such as Keystone Botanical Gardens, RDC, Fair Merchants, and Placement just to name a few. She just completed the 2016 year as Vice-President of Finance. Even though Christy claims not to be a numbers person, her support and help to the Finance council this year is unparalleled.
Christy not only carries a strong work ethic, she is an absolute joy to work with. Her calm and effective demeanor, her thoughtfulness, her ying to the yang, and warm smile make her a pleasure to all that cross her path. We can all learn from her approach to solving problems and her empathetic nature.