Eighth Annual Ned E. Kalb Community Leadership Award Recipient – June Lenig

June Lenig, from the Rolling Prairie community, was selected as the recipient of the 8h annual Ned E. Kalb Community Leadership Award, presented at the recent Purdue Extension La Porte County Annual Meeting held at the Silver Palace in La Porte. June was recognized for her lifetime of service to her community. She was presented a plaque and will have her name added to the permanent plaque on display at the Extension Office. The permanent plaque was donated by Dick Reel, who served as the Extension Director for many years.

June’s selfless work has touched the lives of many people both young and old. She has served as a 4-H leader for more than 35 years and as the 4-H Poultry Superintendent for more than 25 years. June has been raising funds for the La Porte County Relay for Life each year since 2000. Her team contributions have been near or at $10,000 annually. She is active in the Rolling Prairie Gleaner Arbor service club and currently holds the position of Secretary/Treasurer at both the local and state levels. She is a long time member of the Rolling Prairie United Methodist Church where she has been a trustee, Sunday school teacher, choir member and has served on numerous committees. June is a volunteer With the Rolling Prairie Business Association and was the recipient of the Indiana Fraternal Alliance 2013 Fraternalist of the Year.

In the words of June’s nominator, niece Stacey Moody, “Mrs. Lenig is a doer, meaning she will indeed get the job done herself and lead a charge. She plays an active role in the hard work, but also brings people together to work in tandem on a large project. She is an effective recruiter and has a knack for getting others involved. Her enthusiasm is contagious.”

The annual leadership award is a partnership between the Purdue Extension La Porte County office and Leadership La Porte County. Ned Kalb served as Extension Director for many years and was a catalyst for the formation of Leadership La Porte County. He died in November 2011, and the award was created soon after to honor his memory. Previous award winners include: Elaine Shurte (2018) Herb Higgin (2017) Cynthia Hedge (2016), Diana Werner (2015), George & Dory Morley (2014), Dr. James Dworkin (2013) and John Coulter (2012).

“Ned served La Porte County in so many ways. He saw needs and brought people and resources together to solve the challenges, not only locally, but across Indiana and the world,” said Mary Foell, Extension Educator, Community Development. Monica Komasinski, Executive Director of Leadership La Porte County, stated, “The mission of Leadership LaPorte County and the impact the organization has had on the community is a lasting legacy of Ned Kalb’s vision. We are proud to honor him and to recognize good community leadership with this award.”

Nominations for the next award will be taken beginning in January 2020. For more information contact either the Extension Office or Leadership La Porte County.