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Norma Jean Wilder

2021 Klamath Country Volunteer of the Year

The Blessing Pot Volunteers
The Blessing Pot Volunteers

Norma Jean Wilder was chosen the 2021 Klamath Country Volunteer of the Year among 37 candidates submitted.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the restrictions in place regarding gathering, there was no public luncheon reception in 2021.  All 37 nominees received an award and a special eight page tabloid was published in the Herald and News on April 23rd during national volunteer week.  View this special report on the publication section of this web site. 

Norma started the “Blessing Pot” program 12 years ago at the Chiloquin Christian Center.  Norma and her team of 21 volunteers cook and serve approximately 375 to 400 meals every Tuesday to Chiloquin area shut-ins and residents in need.  Norma’s day starts at 5:15 a.m. mixing dough, baking dinner rolls, cutting up vegetables and meat, and preparing the “Blessing Pot” soup of the day.   Every third Monday, Norma makes approximately 2,000 cookies.  Meals are delivered to homes and a drive through option has been available during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Norma and her team pull out all the stops to prepare a special feast at Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter and at the Blessing Pot Celebration.

The finalists for the 2021 Klamath Country Volunteer of the Year included Grace Berardino, Saira Blevins, Daniel McVay, Aurora Sanchez, Emma Tibay, Donna Marie Kness, and Norma Jean Wilder.  Other finalists included  Sky Lakes Medical Center Volunteers, SMART Reading, and the Klamath County Sheriff’s Office Search & Rescue Unit (SAR).

The 2021 Klamath Country Volunteer of the Year event is presented each year by the United Way of the Klamath Basin in financial partnership with The KMSB Foundation and the Wendt Family Foundation.  Our thanks also to the media judges who read and score all of the nominations each year:  Rob Siems, Basin Mediactive; Bob Wynne, Wynne Broadcasting; Tim Trainor, Herald and News; and Natalie Postles, KOTI-TV.

The 2022 Klamath Country Volunteer of the Year event will be held on April 27th at 12 noon.  Click the Nominate a Volunteer button to download a nomination form, or contact the United Way at 541-882-5558 to have one sent to you by email or by U.S. Postal service.

To view the 2021 Klamath Country Volunteers of Year Special Report go to publications page or click the following link

The Klamath Country Volunteer of the Year is selected
from the finalists within each of the five divisions.
(Youth, Adults, Seniors, Education and Public Safety/Public Service).

Nominate a Volunteer

United Way Leadership Giving KEY Club

Mel & Renée Ferguson
2020 Key Club Chairperson’s

The KEY Club is designed to recognize the extraordinary contribution by individuals to the United Way Community Campaign. In 2020, 98 members donated a total of $202,545 representing an average gift of $2,067. Sky Lakes Medical Center lead the way with 12 KEY Club donors. The following is a current roster of our 2020 members. While every gift is important, KEY Club gifts are vital to our overall success. The 2020 Leadership Giving KEY Club chairman was Juan Maldonado, General Manager of Klamath Falls Toyota.

Bronze KEY
(Gift of $1,000 to $1,499)
Cec Amuchastegui
Kasie Anderson
Janice Arnold
Paul Arnold
Tim & Kris Bailey
Eric Baker
James Baxter
William & Sharon Brandsness
Jeff Bullock
Jessica Chastain
David & Beth Drew
Nicholas Ealy
Alan & Carol Eberlein
Neal & Susan Eberlein
Mel & Renée Ferguson
Dr. & Mrs. Daniel Gailis
Michael & Laila Griffith
Denise Hard
Sheri Hargrave
James W. Harris
Kenneth Harris
Patricia E. Henderson
Molly & Lauren Jespersen
Faith Koepke
Avis & Bruce Kielsmeier
Loren Lawrie
Shirley Malaby
Rick McGuffey
Steve Meng
Drs. Nagi & Kasturi Naganathan
John & Ann Novak
Lenora Reinhard
David & Kristin Sayles
Rob Siems
Simon Smith
Joan Staunton
Sid & Tamara Staunton
Mitch & Tammy Stokes
Greg & Janet Thede
Barbara Thom
Bud Wakefield
Cheryl Westbrook
Michael Westbrook
Dorothy L. Winters
Carolyn Woods
*  Six anonymous donors
Silver Key
(Gift of $1,500 to $1,999)
Todd & Mindi Andres
Frank Ganong
Christopher Hinklin
Chris & Susan Kandra
Brent Thomas
*Two anonymous donors
Gold Key
(Gift of $2,000 to $3,499)
Dr. Beverly Bauman
Timothy Boozer
Leroy & Nora Cabral
George & Janice Calvert
Mike Cheeseman
Charles R. Dunbar
Daniel Earhart
Gerald & Susan Freschi
Frank & Renee Hernandez
John & Jerri Hyde
Rick & Susan Kreizenbeck
Dick & Chris Ledgerwood
Juan Maldonado
Don & Kwanda McDonnell
Dr. Raul & Karri Mirande
Stan Neitling
Kent & Linda Pederson
Gary & Wanda Powless
Tom Powley & Vonnie Powley
Erwin & Carol Ritter
Mike & Donna Romtvedt
Jay Schindler & Ruth Olsen
Tom & Sue Schiess
Thomas J. & Barbara Shaw
Tim & Gloria Steiner
Anne Weaver
Nancy J. Wendt
* Six anonymous donors
Platinum KEY
(Gift of $3,500 to $4,999)
Marcella Bell, John & Kendall Bell
Drew & Betsy Honzel
Emerald KEY
(Gift of $5,000 to $ 7,499)
Dan & Ann Cavanaugh
Glenn & Ursula Gailis
Mike & Nora Hohman
Larry & Maureen Jespersen
William Walker
*Two anonymous donors
Diamond KEY
(Gift of $7,500 to $9,999)
Matthew & Denise Howard
United Way of America
Alexis de Tocqueville Society
(Gift of $10,000 and above)
Mike Short Trust
Bob & Michelle Wynne


Corporate & Business Leadership Giving