Karen Crandall has a desire to serve her community.
The drive to help others around her, she said, comes from her grandmother, who was avid about serving the community.
“She had a great passion for everyone,” Crandall said.
It is no wonder Crandall has channeled her passion for service into the Papillion Junior Woman’s Club for 17 years. The goal of the Papillion Junior Woman’s Club is to provide assistance to those in the community who are in need.
For her work through the Papillion Junior Woman’s Club, Crandall has been nominated for the General Federation of Women’s Clubs Jennie June Award.
“It recognizes everything you have done specifically for your club, for your community,“ said Joyce Stranglen, president of the Papillion Junior Woman’s Club.
Stranglen said Crandall was a likely person to nominate because of the amount of work she puts into the club.
In particular, Crandall has done a staggering amount of work with children through the Ronald McDonald House.
Stanglen said when the Papillion Junior Woman’s Club goes to the Ronald McDonald House they prepare and serve meals and socialize with the people there.
Crandall does those things in addition to making quilts and treat bags for every child in the Ronald McDonald House.
“That’s just kind of where her thinking is, what can I do to make somebody’s life better?” Stranglen said.
Stranglen said Crandall has held every job and office the club has to offer.
For the nomination, Crandall needed several letters of endorsement and Stranglen wrote a narrative about Crandall’s life in the club.
In her written endorsement, Stranglen stated “Karen Crandall is the kind of woman that every club wishes they had.”
The Papillion Junior Woman’s Club is part of a larger district, state, national and international organization – the General Federation of Women’s Clubs.
There are clubs all over the country who nominate members and out of the 80,000 members, eight will be chosen as finalists.
Of those eight, one winner is chosen for the award, which is given every two years.
Crandall said she was surprised she was nominated and considered it to be an honor.
Crandall and the rest of her club will have to be patient for the results though, as the winner will be announced in June 2020.