LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Imagine single handedly working with up to 20 kids to help teach them leadership skills. That's just one of the many attributes that makes this year's recipient worthy of the 2010 Silver Spike award.
Libby Allen, chaired the Angelina County Chamber of Commerce's Leadership Tomorrow program for almost a decade. In recognizing the former Lufkin State Supported Living Center (Lufkin State School) employee, the Leadership Lufkin alumni said Allen was a tireless worker, who loved volunteering and working with young people.
Leadership Tomorrow was developed for high school juniors and is hosted by the Angelina County Chamber of Commerce. The program mirrors the Leadership Lufkin program. Students in the program have the opportunity to learn about Angelina County firsthand, to explore opportunities that exist for their futures in this area, and to give back to the community through community volunteer service.
Aside from her work with Leadership Tomorrow, Allen also is very involved with the children at her church, and she works with Special Olympics.
The prestigious Jack O. (Butch) McMullen Silver Spike award is named in honor of McMullen, who was a graduate of one of the first Leadership Lufkin classes. During his short lifetime of 36 years, he lived an exemplary life, being a leader in his work, his church, and community. He was a role model to all who knew him, encouraging them to contribute to the community and plan for its future.
The Silver Spike award is designed to honor one Leadership Lufkin alumni for work that shows outstanding leadership qualities in all areas of their life.
Allen was presented the annual Silver Spike award during the Chamber's First Friday business luncheon.