Hills, Bugg, Recognized For Service, Starr Receives Scholarship
The Junior League of Tyler announced it honored Janet Hills with its the 2012 Sustainer of the Year Award and Leigh Ann Bugg with the Mahala Young Active of the Year Award.
The League's Young Woman Leadership Scholarship winner is Elizabeth Starr. The Junior League of Tyler and Southside Bank fund the scholarship in the amount of $3,500 to a deserving young woman in Smith County.
The Gertrude Windsor Award is presented to a sustaining member of the Junior League of Tyler who has continued to serve in an outstanding capacity with the League.
The Mahala Young Active Award is presented to an active member of the League who displays qualities such as commitment, responsibility, kindness, integrity and service to the League.
The Young Woman Leadership Scholarship is presented to an area high school senior. Peers in the Junior League of Tyler and members of the community nominated all winners. A committee of League members selects each winner.
Leigh Ann Bugg
Mahala Young Active of the Year
Leigh Ann Bugg, the recipient of the Mahala Young Active of the Year Award, joined the Junior League in 1998.
Among her many accomplishments, she served on Summer Reading Camp, Mistletoe & Magic Reservations Chair, Children's Events Assistant, Mistletoe & Magic Historian, Decorations Assistant, Staffing Chair, Admin Assistant, Marketing Chance Drawing Chair, Spring Sweet Special Events, Spring Sweep Public Relations Chair, Nominating committee, Community Coordinating, Provisional Committee administrative assistant, Young and Family Issues Priority Group and various community placements including 4th Partner College Fair, Children's Advocacy Center, Young Audiences and Wallace's Saddle Up
Mrs. Bugg personifies the Junior League of Tyler's mission and exemplifies the true meaning of a volunteer, the organiztion announced. She works on various other projects in the community including American Cancer Society Cattle Baron's Gala committee, Andy Woods PTA and the Texas Rose Festival.
She is married to Andy Bugg and they have a daughter Courtney. Her parents are Robert and Louann Bugg. Leigh Ann is the Director of Children's Ministries at Pollard United Methodist Church.
Windsor Sustainer of the Year
During the Provisional Tea, Janet Hills became the 25th recipient of the Gertrude Buckley Windsor Sustainer of the Year Award.
Mrs. Hills was selected from written nominations and was chosen based on her 35 years of service and commitment to positively impacting the present and future quality of life in our community.
Over 47 recommendation letters described Mrs. Hills as a person who exemplifies the same values which guided the late Mrs. Gertrude Windsor throughout her life. She is dynamic, not only in the impact she has left on the community of Tyler, but also her selfless volunteering, said the Junior League's announcement.
When Mrs. Hills was being described at the membership tea at which the award was presented, she did not even recognize herself when excerpts from the nomination letters were being read. Like Mrs. Windsor, Mrs. Hills is described as "leaving the world a little better than you find it."
She joined the Junior League in 1977 and her placements include:
Mistletoe & Magic Merchant Chairman, Public Relations Committee, Provisional Committee, Public Relations Committee, Placement Advisor/Coordinator
Public Education Committee, Health Services chairman, Community Coordinating Committee, Public Education Committee, Provisional assistant chairman, Admissions Committee, Admissions Task Force, Provisional chairman, Placement chairman, Community Coordinating Committee, Juvenile Justice chairman, Advisory Planning Committee, Community Coordinating Committee, Singing Group, recording secretary, Advisory Planning Committee, Community vice president, Community Coordinating Committee, Personnel Committee president-elect, Advisory Planning Committee, Bylaws Committee, Community Coordinating Committee, Mrs. Hills served as Junior League of Tyler president from 1991-92.
Mrs. Hills has been involved in other organizations including PATH, American Cancer Society, Cattle Baron's Gala Committee and Co-Chair, Women's Symphony League, East Texas Rose Festival, Parent Services Center, Tyler Junior College, East Texas Crises Center, Alzheimer's Association, Robert E. Lee PTA, Human Society of East Texas, Hospice of East Texas,
She and her husband John have two daughters, Kathryn and Lauren.
Young Woman Leadership Scholarship
Elizabeth is a senior at Robert E. Lee high school and will graduate in June.
She was described as organized, dependable, responsible, resourceful, independent and determined. Her recommendation letters were glowing. She has dedicated almost 900 volunteer hours in her four years in high school giving much of that to the Literacy Council of Tyler.
One of the quotes used to describe Elizabeth said, "She's a servant leader. A young woman with purpose, passion, full of grace and goodness."
She plans to attend Baylor University in the fall and pursue a career as a nurse.