Della Krause Thielen Voluntarism Award

The Della Krause Thielen Voluntarism Award was established by the family of Della Krause Thielen in her honor and memory.  "Dudie" Thielen, a native of Lake Charles, was devoted to the betterment of her community and her life exemplified the spirit of voluntarism and leadership.  This award is given by the Junior League of Lake Charles.  It is presented each year, as appropriate, to a person, project, or organization that also exemplifies a true commitment to voluntarism and makes a strong impact on the community.  The first award was presented in 1994 and a fund was established to present a cash donation to a charitable organization of the recipient's choice. 

The Community Advisory Board of the Junior League of Lake Charles serves as the selection committee for this award.  Nominations are submitted by community agencies and individuals.  Criteria for the award include a variety of community service, outstanding leadership skills, overall effectiveness and tenure of community service, and perseverance in accomplishing a project.

Honored Recipients:

2016-17   Michelle Mudd

2015-16   Howard Foreman

2014-15   Chester Moses

2013-14   Daniel Ieyoub

2012-13   CASA - Court Appointed Special Advocates

2011-12   Senator Willie Landry Mount

2010-11   Monte Hurley

2009-10   Geri Christ Landry      

2008-09   Team Citgo    

2007-08   Leslie Harless      

2006-07   Poddy Champeaux       

2005-06   (Not Awarded)   

2004-05   Dr. John Stubblefield    

2003-04   Linda Breaux    

2002-03   Shady Patton    

2001-02   John Friend    

2000-01   Dave McCarty    

1999-00   Laura Alexander Leach    

1998-99   Barbara Isdale Bankens    

1997-98   Robert J. Pumpelly    

1995-96   Calcasieu Parish Library Board    

1994-95   Rose Spencer    

1993-94   Calcasieu Arts & Humanities Council