18 years of dedication, love to Lindsay
By Amy C. Witt
lindsay – Wanok Warson has embraced the spirit of Lindsay for over eighteen years, giving back to the community and bringing a warming energy amongst everyone in the small town. When greeted with open arms in 1995, Warson was inspired to continue to spread the love and compassion across the community. And after 18 years of volunteering at parades, car shows, academic decathlons and other community events, Warson has been honored the 2016 Lindsay Volunteer of the Year.
“This award means a lot to me especially because I don’t think I deserve it,” Warson says. “There are many hard working volunteers in the city and they do a good job. I don’t know why I was chosen and I thank the people who chose me.”
As soon as Warson arrived to Lindsay, she was welcomed with a warm hug by Richard Bramer. And instantly, she knew she needed to get involved in contributing and making the town a better place. In 1995, Warson served as treasurer for one year at Strathmore Union Elementary School District’s PTO but helped raised funds for activities until 2007. She also helped Strathmore Band Booster buy new uniforms, plan activities and even a trip to Australia through fundraising. A year later, she became a member of the Lindsay Chamber of Commerce and Lindsay District Hospital Guild. Through the years, she has held offices with the Chamber from a member at large to treasurer and Chairmen of various committees.
But Warson’s favorite part of giving back is focusing on youth. She became Strathmore schools’ GATE (Gifted & Talented Education) program councilmember in 1998 and served three years as president of the council. She led weekly’s children’s activities and taught AWANA at the Immanuel Baptist Church in Lindsay from 2001-2011. Working diligently toward bettering education, she served as an Action Committee member for Strathmore Schools in 2002. For two years, she served on Strathmore Elementary Middle Schools as School Site Council. And above all, Warson loves being involved in anything education related. In 2003, Warson found her favorite service as she began volunteering as a judge for Tulare County Office of Education’s Academic Decathlons.
“I love the academic decathlons because it empowers students who want to expand their knowledge,” Warson said.
From solving problems to helping with grants, Warson has also served on the Tulare Youth Commission since 2011. Currently, she is also helps the Work Force Investment Board (WIB) with various grant and evaluation processes. Outside of that, she contributes her time as a member to PEO International, helping create scholarships for youth and women reaching goals. While she is not gracing the community with her warm smile, she can be found as a paralegal in her husband’s office, the Law Office of Starr Warson.
“This is a great city that we can all expand on and hopefully our contributions do matter. And together, we can make it a great place,” Warson said.