By EDWARD HUSAR
Herald-Whig Staff Writer
Becky Albert was described Tuesday as a tireless volunteer with a passion for helping others.
Because of those qualities, Albert was named the winner of the 2013 Joe Bonansinga Community Service Award.
The award was presented jointly by the United Way of Adams County and the Quincy Rotary Club on Tuesday during the club's noon meeting at the Holiday Inn.
Emily Robbearts, a community resources associate for the United Way, praised Albert's willingness to step forward and get involved for the sake of helping others.
"Becky's community service reflects her personal and professional passion to improve the quality of life in Quincy," Robbearts told the crowd at the Rotary meeting. Then she turned to Albert and said:
"Becky, your greatest gift to us is only now becoming evident. You have given us the finest example of how to live and how to give back."
Albert, a vice president and loan officer for F&M Bank and Trust Co. in Quincy, provides volunteer service to a host of local organizations and charitable causes.
She is president of the Quincy Noon Kiwanis Club; past president of the Quincy Hospitality House, which recently named her Volunteer of the Year; past president of the American Business Women's Association, which has twice named her Woman of the Year; an ambassador for the Quincy Area Chamber of Commerce; a member of the United Way's income delegation committee; a volunteer with the Early Tin Dusters; a former treasurer of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans; and an active member of Hope Lutheran Church.
Albert told the assembly she feels honored to be selected for the Joe Bonansinga award, which was created in 1998 to recognize people who exemplify high standards of community service. The award is named for "Mr. Quincy" Joe Bonansinga, a legendary local volunteer and community booster.
"I feel so blessed to be recognized," Albert said.
"I couldn't do all the volunteering I do without support from family, friends and co-workers -- and especially the boss," she said, referring to Stevens Plowman, president of F&M Bank. "I do get to volunteer once in a while on his dime -- or his dollars."
In an interview, Albert said she is inspired to get involved as a volunteer out of a desire to help others.
"I just do what I do because I enjoy it," she said. "It's just helping, and it makes a difference in our community. That's just it. It's our community, and it's important to make a difference and help those that need something."
Robbearts said Albert is a perfect example of someone dedicated to community service.
"She takes it up several notches," Robbearts said. "Becky is an amazing ambassador, champion, leader, fundraising- and friend-raiser for numerous local organizations. Her dedication to community service, her gift for recruiting the right talent to get projects done, and her incredible ability to give 110 percent to whatever group needs something is something to be admired."