April Campana Named FFAM November 2013 Volunteer of the Month
She is the Facebook Manager and creates the newsletter. In this role, Ms. Campana is responsible for event advertising, the accuracy, integrity and regularity of postings, producing the quarterly FFAM newsletter, and obtaining or taking photographs for the publication. She has been an active member of the FFAM for the past six months; during this time, she has also served as the Haunted Leavenworth Hospitality Chair, and Education Night Games Chair. She also serves as a Leader with the American Heritage Girls Organization, and as a volunteer with the Fort Leavenworth Stray Facility.
Ms. Campana enjoys reading and photography. She states that The Odyssey and The Illad are her favorite classics. Flannery O’Connor is one of her favorite writers yet Kathy Reichs, is one of the more current writers which she enjoys. Mrs. Campana notes that chocolate is her favorite food. Her quote of choice comes from Frank Barron: “ Never take a person’s dignity. It is worth everything to them and nothing to you.”
When asked why she volunteers, Ms. Campana replied, “I volunteer for a number of reasons, but it can be summed up with a desire to improve the community in which I live, while serving as a role model to my children”.
Olga Morris Named FFAM September 2013 Volunteer of the Month
Olga Morris, is the Webmaster of the Friends of the Frontier Army Museum (FFAM) website. Originally from Moscow, Olga moved to Germany when she was 21 where she lived for twelve years. Her education is extensive with a bachelor’s degree in Pedagogy (Education), French and English Languages from State Pedagogic University of Moscow (Russia). In addition Olga earned a degree in German Studies in Cultural Comparison and Slavic Philology from the University of Heidelberg. During her time in Heidelberg she met her husband, Major Harold Morris, who was stationed there with V Corps. Olga describes her Weimaraner, Hitchcock, as her pride and joy! In her spare time she likes to read, cook, travel, exercise and spend time with family. When asked why she volunteers Olga said,” I’m working to improve my IT skills, so managing the FFAM site is a great way to not only get some practical experience, but also to contribute to the Fort Leavenworth community. I’m also volunteering for Army Community Service and Army Substance Abuse Program."
Laurie Reineke Named FFAM August 2013 Volunteer of the Month
Laurie Reineke is the Friends of the Frontier Army Museum (FFAM) Property Manager, and the August Volunteer of the Month. She has been working since June of this year to inventory and record all the property that belongs to the FFAM; supplies, costumes, educational material, etc.
Mrs. Reineke says she enjoys volunteering because volunteers are a “staple in the Army community. I love to know that I have made a difference in someone’s life even if it is behind the scenes.” She also says she volunteers to pass the good in life forward. Mrs. Reineke also volunteers with the Philanthropic Education Organization (PEO) Sisterhood. This is an international women’s organization whose primary focus is to provide educational opportunities for female students around the world. She is also active with the Women of St. Ignatius (WOSI).
Mrs. Reineke enjoys crafts, reading, movies, and walking. She finds inspiration in two favorite quotes: “Be faithful in small things, because it is in them that your strength lies.” Mother Teresa, and “Life isn’t about waiting for the storms to pass. It’s about learning to dance in the rain.” Author Unknown
Amy Fisher Named FFAM July 2013 Volunteer of the Month
Gillette, WY. Native, Amy Fisher, is the Vice President of the Board for the Friends of the Frontier Army Museum (FFAM). She has a Bachelor’s Degree in International Studies/French from Texas A&M University and a Masters of Journalism, Public Relations from the University of North Texas. Mrs. Fisher has lived in Odessa, TX, College Station, TX, Dallas, TX, Fort Benning, GA, Fort Campbell, KY, Fort Lee, VA, Fort Carson, CO, and Fort Leavenworth. She and her husband, Major Troy Fisher, have two children, Riley and Thomas, two dogs.
Mrs. Fisher is not only an active volunteer with the FFMA, but she is involved with the Fort Leavenworth Spouse’s Club, Command General Staff Officer’s Club, Eisnehower Elementary School, and she is a Mayor. Mrs. Fisher enjoys several hobbies; cooking, gardening, reading, fishing and music, and her favorite travel destination is to the beach.
Dee Fox Named FFAM August 2012 Volunteer of the Month
Dee Fox has been working diligently to re-vamp the membership program at FFAM. In her efforts, she has spent over 50 hours on projects, such as designing a new museum brochure. She has also spent numerous hours meeting with members of the board and working membership drives at FFAM events, like the FFAM Golf Tourney. Her dedication to the board and the membership program will lead to an increase in membership for the museum and more funds to attain and maintain artifacts.
Carol Belcher Named FFAM December 2011 Volunteer of the Month
Carol Belcher is the Vice President and Historic Homes Tour Chairperson for our organization. She is a very hardworking and dedicated volunteer. Ms. Belcher is always looking for ways to improve the FFAM and she did just that by creating and running the FFAM's December Murder Mystery Dinner. It was a huge success and our organization was highlighted for this event and made us more visible to the community. Her willingness to do whatever it takes to make our organization great is much appreciated by those of us on the board as well as the Ft. Leavenworth community.
Gail Crunkhorn Named FFAM November 2011 Volunteer of the Month
Gail Crunkhorn is one of our youth volunteers. She is always willing to do whatever she can to help out our organization. In October, Ms. Crunkhorn played an invaluable role in our Haunted Homes Tour in many different volunteer capacities. She always provides our organization with the utmost professionalism.
Tiffani Warner Named FFAM October 2011 Volunteer of the Month
Friends of the Frontier Army Museum (FFAM) Board Member and Volunteer Coordinator, Tiffani Warner, was named the FFAM's October Volunteer of the Month. Tiffani was instrumental in the overall success of the FFAM's Haunted Homes Tour this year. Tiffani has excellent intrapersonal skills and did an outstanding job at recruiting and managing volunteers which was essential to the success of this tour. She managed a complex matrix of individual volunteers to meet the shifting requirements of multiple tours for the FFAM's largest fundraiser of the year. She remained poised under pressure and balanced the requirements of the tours with the skills of each volunteer and their busy schedules. Without Tiffani's excellent organizational skills and enthusiasm the Haunted Homes Tour would not have been the success it was this year. Simply said, if there are no volunteers then the fundraiser would not have been possible! Successful fundraising by the FFAM is essential for the museum to purchase additional artifacts for display so that the museum remains relevant to the Ft. Leavenworth Community and others who visit the Frontier Army Museum.
Kierstan Wohlgemuth Named FFAM September 2011 Volunteer of the Month
This volunteer went above and beyond what is the expect from a volunteer and her appointed duties, on the Friends of the Frontier Army Museum (FFAM) Board, and far exceeded normal expectations to help where needed. Our organization held an Open house to promote the opportunity of membership into the FFAM. Kierstan worked diligently to make this event a success; coordinating all necessary board members and volunteers. This event brought in many more members to our organization and that is due to her hard work and dedication. A week before the event, we were notified of a significant change which doubled our expected numbers, and because of her organizational skills and all of her prior preparation, she was able to make the appropriate changes and the event was a huge success. Her leadership skills were made evident during this change and many people did not even realize we had to make drastic changes at the last minute, which is a trait of a true leader.
Kelly Whitlock Named FFAM August 2011 Volunteer of the Month
Friends of the Frontier Army Museum (FFAM) Board Member and Winter CGSC Representative, Kelly Whitlock was named the FFAM’s August Volunteer of the Month. Kelly demonstrated her creative side by producing the new FFAM brochure that is in circulation today. The FFAM’s brochure is the most visible and important piece of public relations and out-reach for the organization. Kelly’s redesign of the brochure produced a quality product that demands attention. It informs potential FFAM Members about the FFAM and everything it has to offer and achieves for the Ft. Leavenworth Community. Expanding the membership is critical to the FFAMs mission to raise money for the purchase of artifacts for display and support of the Frontier Army Museum. Kelly’s redesign of the brochure has set the FFAM up for success!
Greg Penfield Named FFAM July 2011 Volunteer of the Month
Last year, Greg Penfield built the 1st Annual Golf Scramble for the FFAM from concept to completion. Building on the success of last years tournament, the 2nd Annual Golf Scramble saw a 125% increase in FFAM Memberships and raised nearly $3000, a 26% increase in the amount of funds raised from the previous year. This success could only come from countless volunteer hours in preparation for the tournament on Greg's off-duty hours. Greg is a dedicated soldier, family man, FFAM Board Member and fundraiser for the FFAM, and should be commended for his tireless efforts to help the Frontier Army Museum and the Ft. Leavenworth community.
Juliane 'Julie' Tilney Named FFAM June 2011 Volunteer of the Month
As a testament to Julie Tilney's professionalism and competency as a Webmaster, Julie was able to completely restructure the FFAM website in 30 volunteer hours. Julie's flexibility and capacity to manage rapid change allowed the FFAM, on short notice, to modify her job description as Webmaster to also include the duties of the Newsletter Chairman. In her role as Webmaster and Newsletter Chairman, Julie has repeatedly shown herself to be open to new ideas, suggestions and corrections in text such that all Board Members feel confident to express themselves to her openly. Julie has brought the FFAM Website into the 21st Century and her efforts will undoubtedly be highly influential on the FFAM and the Frontier Army Museum’s online visibility. The increased visibility of the FFAM's website will result in increased revenue for FFAM’s non-profit fundraising in support of the Frontier Army Museum.
Carol Belcher Named FFAM May 2011 Volunteer of the Month
Although relatively new to the Ft. Leavenworth Community, Carol Belcher volunteered to be the Chairman of the FFAM's Historic Tour of Homes. Carol's fresh ideas, enthusiasm and dedicated efforts sold out the 2011 Historic Tour of Homes and raised $4,369 for the Friends of the Frontier Army Museum (FFAM). Because of Carol's efforts, the FFAM was able to give the Frontier Army Museum these funds to help preserve and expand their exhibits. As part of Carol's volunteer job, she worked closely with many organizations on Ft. Leavenworth to ensure the success of the Tour of Homes. As a retired military officer herself, Carol has a unique way of looking at an issue from many angles and is able to work easily with both military and civilian counterparts. She tacked the challenges brought by working with so many different organizations with persistence and dedication. Carol's efforts ensured a successful and seamless event that reflects well on her, the FFAM and Ft. Leavenworth.