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When Ben Joergens entered the Old National Bank Board of Directors meeting in early 2012, he was fully prepared for his presentation on the Bank on Henderson initiative. But when Board Chairman Larry Dunigan began talking about volunteerism, Ben quickly realized that he had been asked to attend for a different purpose. He was about to be recognized as Old National Bank’s 2011 Wayne Henning Volunteer of the Year.
Ben, Commercial Relationship Manager in Henderson, Ky., devoted 467 hours of his time to volunteer service in 2011 and has become one of Old National’s strongest and most passionate supporters of financial literacy and economic development activities.
Peggy Williams, Western Kentucky Region President, along with several members of the Western Kentucky team and Ben’s family members were on hand for his special award presentation.
During the presentation, Wayne Henning shared a letter from Henderson Mayor Steven Austin:
“Ben has been outstanding in his volunteer community service work for Henderson. From the very start as a Chamber Ambassador, all the way through his work on the important Bank On program, he has led the way and made an instant impression,” Mayor Austin wrote. “Ben leads by action and example and has never stepped back from helping our community. His involvement is so valuable, it is not easily measured. In addition, Ben is one of the nicest and most trusted young men in our community. Everyone wants him on their team when an important group is organized.”
Ben has been an active community leader in a variety of organizations. In addition to the Bank On Henderson initiative, he is an ambassador for the Henderson Chamber of Commerce, and on the executive board of the Downtown Henderson Project.
Ben is also a VITA tax preparation volunteer and capital campaign volunteer for the United Way of Henderson County, board chairman for the Volunteer and Information Center, board member for the Henderson Breakfast Lions Club, and a high school classroom teacher for Junior Achievement. He also serves on the board of the Tri-State Food Bank and worked to bring Big Brothers Big Sisters to Henderson.
In addition, this past year, Ben worked with close friends to coordinate an annual golf scramble to benefit the young children of his friend, Kyle Parker, who was tragically killed in an auto accident. Proceeds from the scramble also helped establish a scholarship fund for local graduating high school seniors who have been through a similar unfortunate situation as Kyle’s sons. Ben currently serves as the president of this board.
“I feel so honored not only to be the recipient of this prestigious award, but to also work for such a wonderful company that has such a passion for the communities we serve and encourages and promotes associate volunteerism,” said Ben. “Volunteering allows not only for great networking opportunities, but also allows you to learn new skills, meet a diverse range of people, develop leadership skills, and most importantly, gets you involved in your community.”
“I am extremely blessed to work with wonderful and generous people that I can call friends and to have such a loving family that shares and supports my enthusiasm for community commitment,” Ben continued.
The annual Volunteer of the Year award winner receives $1,000 to donate to the nonprofit organization of his or her choice. Ben has elected to split the donation between the Volunteer & Information Center, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Henderson County, the Tri-State Hot Stove Baseball League Kyle L. Parker Memorial Golf Scramble.
Congratulations, Ben, and sincere thanks for your time and dedication to the community!
This article was adapted from a piece written by Nina Schultheis, Corporate Communications Specialist at Old National Bank.