Don Brown State Farm Insurance – Citizen of the Month.

This month’s nominee was nominated by Tracy Broberg.  Susan Nessen will be receiving a $50 gift card from Coast Central Credit Union.

“Susan Nessen is someone who inspires me. After retiring from the U.S. Postal Service and raising her son into a fine young man, she was looking for a way to give back to her community. She went to her local elementary school in Rio Dell and asked if she could volunteer. And boy, did she volunteer! Every day for about 10 years in my classroom she volunteered! Monday through Friday, from 8:20-11:20 without fail, Susan gave her time to first and second graders who adored her. She moved to Redding for a year but, never willing to sit idly, volunteered for a Redding school as well. It was there that Susan learned about the Foster Grandparent Program and began working for them. After a year in Redding, Susan moved back to her community of Rio Dell and immediately came back to work in my classroom. But now she has a new mission as well–she works to recruit other people to help in education and sign them up for the Foster Grandparent Program.

I also must add that she teaches an exercise class for seniors as well. She has been doing this for several years. She helps the young and the old with a commitment and a work ethic that is hard to find these days.

Susan turns 70 this summer, but has no plans in slowing down her commitment to children or her community. She is an inspiration to me every day. I have often thought about nominating her for your award, but am ashamed to say that I let other things take priority. But now I have to. The other day when the students were out at recess, Susan was talking about how excited she was to go on a short camping vacation, and asked me if she could have the time “off.” (Can you imagine?) When I asked her about it yesterday, she said that the vacation was canceled because her neighbor hurt herself, and Susan felt it was not a good time to leave. I asked incredulously, “So you are cancelling your vacation?” Susan just said, “It is what neighbors do.” To which I responded, “No, Susan. It is what YOU do.”

Imagine how good life would be if we ALL gave just a little of ourselves like this woman does every single day.”