Leapley earns Christians Caring award

COLERIDGE —  Betty Jo Leapley was chosen for the Christian Community Service Award for her unselfish and faithful community service.

cc-picThe award was presented at the Sunday morning church service Nov. 27 at Pilgrim Congregational UCC Church, Coleridge. Vicky Gullicksen and Dolores Meier, officers for the Coleridge Christians Caring group, made the presentation.

The announcement that Leapley had been selected to receive the Christian Community Service Award was made during the Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service at Immanuel Lutheran Church Nov. 20, although Leapley was unable to attend as she had made a commitment to be at a volleyball supper for her daughter, Katie Jo.

Leapley has a passion for educating and encouraging all ages, especially the youth, both in and out of school, according to Gullicksen.

Leapley has served 14 years on the local school board. She put in 12 years on the Coleridge School Board and is now in her second year on the Laurel-Concord-Coleridge Board. She has received several State individual and board achievement awards. She served as the vice president for the school board for two years and is currently serving her tenth year as the secretary.

Leapley is an LCC High School Activity Booster member and officer and in the past has been a FFA Alumni Booster Officer.

She was a parent volunteer for Girl Scout and Boy Scout activities and was also a room mother at school when her children were growing up.

She has been a Pearl Creek 4-H Club Leader and served on the Cedar County 4-H Council and Cedar County Extension Board.

Leapley is a member of the Pilgrim Congregational UCC Church, where she has served on several committees, including the Christian Education Committee, Mission and Social Action Committee and a church representative for the Christians Caring Committee. She has been a Sunday School teacher and superintendent as well as a Vacation Bible School director and teacher.

Leapley also helped organize, prepare and serve food to volunteers during the clean-up after a tornado swept through the area.

Leapley worked nine years as a public school teacher and also put in two and one-half years as a UNL Extension Educator for Cedar County.

Betty Jo is married to Jim Leapley. The couple has four children, Billy, Michael, Gail and Katie Jo.

The couple lives on a farm west of Coleridge.