Palestine Magazine January 2019 - Page 45

Anyone who has met Cindy Piersol would call her hard working, enthusi- astic, and perpetually positive. Now the president/CEO of the Palestine YMCA, Piersol has a heart for children and helping them build strong, healthy, foundations for life. Through the YMCA, she also has found she enjoys helping seniors with lon- gevity and purpose. Piersol, who has more than 30 years of diverse management experience with non-profit organizations, is also an avid volunteer in the community, serving as president of the Rotary Club of Palestine, secretary for the board of Texas State Alliance of YMCAs, a board member for Operation Read, a member of YPN -YMCA Professional Network, a volunteer service unit manager for Girl Scouts Service Unit 901, a volunteer group/troop leader for an older girl leadership group called the Tejas Riders, an active volunteer at Neches ISD, a Ducks Unlimited Committee Member, and a member of the NRA and the American Camping Association. She credits her mother and grandmother for her positive attitude. “I remember my mother always being a very positive, upbeat person,” said Piersol said. She has carried that leadership spirit on to a new generation. After work- ing for the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas as outdoor education manager, assistant camp director, camp director, and assistant equestrian director, Piersol now volunteers one weekend a month as the service unit manager for Girl Scouts Service Unit 901, as well as a volunteer group/troop leader for an older girl leadership group called the Tejas Riders. Diane Davis A love for volunteer service A lifelong resident of Anderson County, Diane Davis, 64, would need a five- page resume to list all her volunteer associations and activities. But for Davis, helping others isn’t a burden or something to boast about – it’s a blessing. During desegregation, Davis attended Green Bay Elementary from 1960 to 1967. She embraces that time in her life and sees it as an opportunity for her children and grandchildren to have a better education and future. In 2008, Davis received the Sojourner Truth Award from the Professional Negro Business and Professional Women’s Club Inc. Davis is the second vice president of the Professional Negro Business and Professional Women’s Club, a 36-year member of the Palestine Area Cham- ber of Commerce, the city’s and Chamber’s parade coordinator, co-chair of the city’s parks and recreation board of directors, Red Cross board member, and a member of the Police Department Citizens on Patrol Alumni Associa- tion. Davis also volunteers at the Palestine Regional Medical Center Sunshine Guild. She served as a member of the Altrusa Club, treasurer and secretary of the Professional Negro Business and Professional Women’s Club, Palestine Chamber of Commerce president, and vice president of the Citizens on Pa- trol Alumni Association. Davis has served on various boards and committees, including the Wee Care Volunteer. “To volunteer is always a worthwhile cause,” she said. “It benefits me and the community. Volunteering keeps me mentally stimulated and it gives me a sense of purpose. It allows me a chance to give something back to the com- munity and make a difference to the people around me.” JANUARY 2019 45