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2018 Security Benefit Volunteers of the Year: Kent and Mona Waltmire, Topeka

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Sunflower State Games Volunteer Activities:

5K/10K Cauldron Run. The Waltmire's have been volunteering for SSG for thirteen years.

 

Why do you Volunteer for the Sunflower state games?

The Sunflower State Games is a great organization to collaborate with and it is something we do as a family. We started volunteering when our son was 5 years old, and he helped too.  Volunteering is important to us as a family.  The staff are so appreciative for the help and the participants are so grateful to the volunteers.

 

What is your favorite aspect of Volunteering for SSG?

We love interacting and cheering for all the participants!

 

Why are the Sunflower State Games Important to Kansas?

It is a great way to showcase athletes in a variety of activities.  It is also boost to Topeka to bring people from all over Kansas as well as other states to show off our city!

 

Tell Us About Yourself:

  • Education: Kent and Mona are from Fredonia, KS and graduated from High School there.  Kent and Mona both graduated from Emporia State with degrees in Business Administration and Marketing.
  • Career: Kent is a Data Analyst for the State of Kansas Department of Children and Families. Mona is a Operations Systems Analyst for the State of Kansas Department of Health and Environment.
  • Family: We have been married for 28 years and have an 18-year-old son Greyson who is heading off to college at Emporia State this fall to study Theatre and Speech Education.
  • Hobbies: Kent -  Fishing, Traveling and other outdoor activities. Mona - walking, attending Greyson’s events, traveling, live theatre and volunteering.
  • Community Involvement: We are active volunteers with Topeka Civic and Helen Hocker Theatres – box office, house manager/host and haunted house. We also enjoy judging debate and forensics at local high schools. Helping Hands Humane Society is another passion. We collect items they are in most need of and deliver them. We participate in charity/fundraising events. We have been very blessed in our lives and are continually looking for ways to give back to our community and Topeka.
 
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The Volunteer of the Year Award is designed to recognize volunteers who exceed expectations to support and contribute to the success of the Sunflower State Games.

 

Previous Volunteer of the Year Recipients

  • 2017: Sungkyu Kwak, Topeka
  • 2016: Marvin Neukirch, Topeka
  • 2015: Teddy Reiser, Topeka
  • 2014: Scott Cook, Topeka
  • 2013: Cody Purdum, Topeka
  • 2012: Alisha Wittstruck, Topeka
  • 2011: Joe Saia, Topeka
  • 2010: Cheryl Evans, Topeka
  • 2009: Fran and Alan Hug, Topeka
  • 2008: Hank Phillips, Topeka
 

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