Thursday, October 17, 2013
October Volunteer of the Month
Roberta Menendez is the president of Neuqua Valley High School’s Booster Club, where she coordinates the volunteers, raises funds and organizes many activities that benefit the school. During football season, she can be found at the concession stands many hours before the game starts, setting up for the huge number of people that are expected.
For her dedication in supporting students and teachers, she is being recognized as the District 204 BMO Harris Bank Volunteer of the Month.
“Since 2011, my efforts, in combination with an extremely dedicated Booster Board, hundreds of parent and student volunteers and a highly supportive administrative staff, have resulted in the funding of coaches ‘wish lists,’ senior student scholarships and donations totaling over $200,000,” Menendez said. “It’s amazing that it’s all accomplished one Neuqua tee shirt or one nacho sale at a time.”
Menendez began volunteering in 1990 when her children were in elementary school. She said her most influential role model that led to her many years of volunteering was her oldest son’s kindergarten teacher.
“She gave me the opportunity to volunteer in the classroom on a regular basis, which truly opened my eyes to the benefit it had on the progress of each and every student,” Menendez said. “She made me a believer in the statement, ‘One person can and does make a difference.’”
She has volunteered at each school her children attended including Graham Elementary School, where she was a PTA member, and at Crone Middle School, where she was a PTSA member and chair of several committees. At Neuqua Valley, she was the Booster Club concession chair for five years for four fall sports, four winter sports and two spring sports, plus middle school track meets. She was the Booster Club vice president for two years and was instrumental in obtaining a much-needed trailer to house Wildcat Wear.
Menendez hopes that someday the Booster Club will be able to support every sports team at Neuqua Valley.
“My dream would be to one day purchase a portable concession golf cart that we could stock with nonperishable snacks, cold drinks, etc., and travel easily between locations to as many freshman, sophomore, junior varsity and varsity events as possible,” she said.
This summer, Roberta also actively participated in an Eagle Scout project to create a Military Honor Garden to recognize Neuqua Valley graduates who serve in the military. This project is close to her heart because her son, Daniel, is currently a cadet with the Air Force Academy.
BMO Harris Bank is helping District 204 recognize one volunteer each month who has generously given his or her time to support District 204’s students and schools.
To celebrate these outstanding volunteers, BMO Harris Bank is donating $1,000 to the volunteer's school. To nominate an outstanding volunteer, visit http://ipsdweb.ipsd.org/Subpage.aspx/Volunteer
Roberta Menendez with the many items for sale through the Neuqua Valley High School Booster Club.