We are excited to announce that Youth Action Hudson volunteer Clare Weber is the recipient of the 2015 Paul Bunyan Service Above Self Award. The award recognizes residents of the 7th Congressional District who is “larger than life”. The award serves as a way to thank an individual who went above and beyond to serve their community and improve the quality of life around them. Specific contributions in the fields of education, non-profits, reducing hunger and homelessness and poverty should be a central focus.
The following is an excerpt from the Hudson Star Observer | October 2nd, 2015
" It was no ordinary Monday this week for Hudson High School senior Clare Weber. She didn’t know why she was asked to report to the office but when she got there she was met by U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy, who was there to personally present her with the Paul Bunyan Service Above Self Award.
This is the second year that Duffy has made the award. Weber was chosen among a competitive field of nominees “who take volunteering to new heights throughout Wisconsin’s 7th Congressional District” according to Duffy’s office.
Also present when Weber received the award was State Rep. Dean Knudson, and Yvonne Larson and Alyson Maitrejean of Youth Action Hudson. Maitrejean nominated Weber for the award.
Duffy said: “Clare has given so much of herself without any expectation of receiving recognition, but this award is one small way we can thank her for all she has done. I am proud to to present this award to her today.”
With several students in the school commons listening, Duffy read the same message about Weber that he read into the official Congressional Record on the House of Representatives floor earlier this summer.
Weber is the first youth division winner (18 and under), which is a new category this year. Maitrejean said: “Clare is the most dedicated, compassionate youth volunteer we have. She has made service to her community a central part of her life.”
According to Maitrejean, Weber has logged more than 1,000 hours of community service at YAH events like the Empty Bowls Dinner and on the “All Dressed Up” formal wear drive as well as other volunteer work.
She has also been part of service trips to impoverished regions outside the United States. Weber has said that poverty in her community and outside of it is the cause closest to her heart.
Duffy said the award was named after fictional folk hero Paul Bunyan because “reminiscent of Paul Bunyan, their acts of service are truly larger than life.”
Weber is the daughter of Tom and Lisa Weber." --end article