Nancy Good, of Joplin, received the Drum Major for Service Award on Monday in honor of her years of service to organizations that help local residents and causes.
The award, presented during ceremonies at the Independent Living Center, is the highest honor offered by the Corporation for National and Community Service, the agency responsible for AmeriCorps, Senior Corps and other service organizations. State Sen. Ron Richard, R-Joplin, made the presentation, saying Good “epitomizes everything that a servant to the community should be.”
Good has been active as a volunteer in Joplin area service organizations for 40 years. She was nominated for the honor by officials of the Joplin School District, who cited efforts including her work with Bright Futures Joplin. She serves on the board of directors and as treasurer of Bright Futures USA, and as a liaison to Bright Futures Joplin. She has been involved with the group since it was organized in 2010.
“When you think about service to the community, you instantly think of Nancy Good,” said Kim Vann, director of communications and community development for the school district. “She has decades of history of giving back to her community.”
Vann said Good for years “has been instrumental in service projects that benefit the community.” She said Good also has served as a mentor to others “and leads by example in showing the importance of service and giving back.”
Good said she was not aware of the award until last week, when she learned she would receive it. She said she always has been involved in volunteer efforts and always has “thoroughly enjoyed it.”
“My parents always volunteered, so they were my role models,” she said. “The community has given me so much; this is my small way to give back. It has given me so many opportunities and opened so many doors. I really do get more than I give.”
In addition to Bright Futures, Good has served with the United Way, the Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center, the Freeman Foundation and the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce.
She is the former owner of The Title Place in Joplin. In 2012, she was elected vice chairwoman of the Missouri Leadership Council of the National Federation of Independent Business.
JOPLIN MAYOR MELODEE COLBERT-KEAN and Jake Heisten, a representative of the office of U.S. Rep. Billy Long, were on hand for the presentation. The award is given in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. and is based on a sermon he gave in which he said: “Say that I was a drum major for justice ... for peace ... for righteousness.”