Olneys receive Community Cornerstone Award
CornerBank has announced that Mark and Pam Olney are the Community Cornerstone Award recipients for the month of August. In recognition of their accomplishments, CornerBank will contribute $200 to the non-profit organization of their choice. A reception honoring Mark and Pam will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, Aug. 20, in the CornerBank lobby, 900 Main. The public is invited to attend the reception.
The Olneys are members of First United Methodist Church (FUMC). Mark is currently chairman of FUMC’s Board of Trustees. He served two years on the Missions Committee, during which time he traveled to Pascagoula, Mississippi, to assist with Hurricane Katrina recovery efforts. Mark has helped with commodities distribution for the past two years and helped organize work days at Camp Horizon. Mark also has assisted with Kids’ Club, Tweens, youth group, Sunday school and Vacation Bible School (VBS). Pam served as Fellowship Sunday school class treasurer, and volunteers with Kids’ Club, Tweens, Youth Group, VBS, plays and dinner theater performances and the Greensburg Recovery Mission Trip.
From 2000 to 2008, Mark volunteered with the Boy Scouts as den leader and has helped with camping trips, Pine Wood Derby tournaments, Blue and Gold banquets, Scouting for Food drive and the Boy Scout popcorn fundraisers, in which he served several years as “Popcorn Kernel.” Mark also has coached several basketball and indoor soccer teams through Winfield Recreation, as well as WYSO soccer teams.
Pam’s volunteer activities include serving on the Island Park Playground Steering and Rebuilding Committees, co-chairing the children’s committee and serving on the fundraising and design committees. She has volunteered with the Winfield school district in numerous capacities, including Lowell Elementary PTO (president from 2002 to 2009), Lowell site council, Winfield Intermediate School PTO (treasurer for two years), and Winfield High School Booster Club member and secretary (2002-03). She was the USD 465 Volunteer of the Month in April 2002. She was a volunteer for Winfield Arts and Humanities from 2004 to 2008, serving as treasurer part of that time, and served on the Art in the Park committee.
Mark and Pam have been married 19 years. They have three sons: Travis Lindeman, Chad and Scott. In May, Travis graduated from the University of Kansas with degrees in English Literature and Education. Chad is a sophomore at Winfield High School and Scott is an 8th grader at Winfield Middle School.
Mark is the Director of Public Grounds for the City of Winfield. He is the City liaison for the Winfield Park Board, the Island Park Playground projects and Winfield Main Street, coordinating and supervising numerous community service projects for the Island Park Playground and downtown area. Pam work 16 years in the banking industry and for the past nine years has been a substitute teacher for USD 465.
The Olneys were selected for the award by the Community Cornerstone Award selection committee, which includes Cindy Goertz, Ned Graham, Ralph Hanna, Roger Lungren, Sheryle Ohm and Nancy Tredway. All are previous recipients of the Cornerstone Award. Volunteers are the cornerstones of healthy communities. The Community Cornerstone Award recognizes the time and effort of volunteers dedicated to serving people and enhancing the quality of life in Cowley County. To make a nomination contact Ev Bowman at 221-1650 or
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