Junction City commissioner wins Jefferson Award

Junction City Commissioner Phyllis Fitzgerald was recently recognized as a Jefferson Award winner.

Junction City Commissioner Phyllis Fitzgerald was recently recognized as a Jefferson Award winner for her volunteer work.

Jefferson Awards highlight local volunteers and the work they do to improve their communities. Fitzgerald leads clean-up efforts in Junction City every Saturday, and recently organized a downtown beautification project in which flower baskets were hung on light poles near Sixth Street and Seventh Street. She also works with community members to welcome new Fort Riley soldiers to the area.

β€œIt takes teamwork and passion to get things done, and I have a lot of people that volunteer with me and support my causes,” Fitzgerald said. β€œI would like to send out a big thank you to my host families that have adopted a New to the Army and Fort Riley Soldier. Their families appreciate not only the Army for taking care of their soldier, but also the local communities.”

If Fitzgerald is selected as an award winner next year, she could be chosen to take a trip to Washington, D.C., to represent northeast Kansas. From the 2019-2020 honorees, a local panel of judges will select one winner that will make the trip. From the nationwide winners, one will be selected for the national Jefferson Award.

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