Della Krause Thielen Voluntarism Award




The Junior League of Lake Charles, Inc., is now accepting nominations for the 2023 Della Krause Thielen Voluntarism Award. Since 1994, the Della Krause Thielen Voluntarism Award has been given to honor an individual’s or organization’s exceptional and sustained contributions through voluntarism. This award, established by Della K. Thielen’s family and administered through the Junior League of Lake Charles, Inc., embodies Mrs. Thielen’s own outstanding commitment to voluntarism.

Nomination forms are available.  Click here to access the form these will be accepted through  April  8, 2023.  This community award honors an individual, group or organization that has made an exceptional and sustained contribution to the community, thereby achieving impact through excellence in one or all of the following:  a variety of community service, outstanding leadership, effectiveness of community service, tenure of community service and perseverance in accomplishing an outstanding project. Nominations are accepted from the five-parish region of Southwest Louisiana.

The recipient will be recognized at the Junior League’s annual meeting, TBD, at which time a donation will be made in the recipient’s name to a non-profit organization of his or her choice. Any questions may be directed to Jennifer Pugh, Community Director,


Honored Recipients:


2021-2022 Dewanna Tarver (Dewanna’s Closet) & Josh Qualhagin

2019-20 Pearl Cole

2018-19  Randy Johnson

2017-18   Burton Stigen

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