I had a chance to catch up with Alamo's 2012 Citizen of the Year, Nancy Dommes, who was bestowed with the honor at the Rotary Club of Alamo's 30th Annual Alamo Music Festival in September and holds the title as the 28th recipient in as many years.
"Truly, I was caught off-guard when Don Morton called about the Rotary's award. I'm one of many, many dedicated Alamo residents who give to our community and feel extremely humbled and honored to be chosen this year," said Nancy.
She shared that three years ago Alamo resident Nancy Combs had asked her to join Alamo Women's Club.
"I immediately became attached after learning about all the philanthropic focuses and meeting the members. It's fun and a great opportunity to meet more of our neighbors in the process," she said.
However, philanthropy is nothing new to Nancy, so she fit right in with the rest of the club members and holds the title of co-president along with Vicki Koc, who told me that Nancy takes a leadership position but also finds herself in the role of worker bee. Vicki shared with me about the time Nancy and her daughter cleaned cages at ARF every Saturday while they participated in National Charity League. Nancy served as president in 2000 and 2001, along with many other positions. The list of Nancy's commitments to the community is endless, such as R-7A Committee members, Zone 36 Committee member, Alamo Municipal Advisory Council and the Alamo Community Foundation Treasurer, to name only a few of the hats she's worn.
"We're thrilled to have Nancy as a member of AWC, and I couldn't ask for a better partner as a co-president. She is easy to work with and brings all the skills she learned over the years including her membership recruiting," said Vicki, who added that last year's membership drive was extremely successful due to Nancy's enthusiasm and dedication for what she believes in. In fact, the membership has nearly tripled in the two years Nancy served as membership chair, and thus their current theme is, "Getting to Know You!"
However, Nancy was modest when I asked her about the renewed interest in membership.
"Our membership numbers have increased because the Alamo Women's Club is a wonderful group of motivated and enthusiastic women and the atmosphere is exciting and fun," said Nancy. Nancy Combs told me that three members of Alamo Women's Club are recipients of the Alamo Citizen of the Year award, including Claudia Waldron, Vicki and current honoree Nancy Dommes.
"The Alamo Women's Club is proud and lucky to have as our co-president, Nancy Dommes, who has won the Alamo Citizen of the Year because of her continued support of the community and her devotion to making it stronger and better. Our club is made up of a dynamic group of women focused on serving this community and having fun while doing so," said Nancy Combs in an email to me.
Dommes' family is proud as well, including husband Paul, son, Scott, 29, who lives in the Los Angeles area and daughter Lauren, 27, who resides in Walnut Creek and has what Nancy calls her "grand puppy" which she also enjoys seeing. No doubt the training at ARF served her well. However, it isn't just furry friends that are enamored with Nancy. Vicki said that Nancy is a positive person and people enjoy her company. "Nancy loves to laugh and have fun, and you've got to love that!"
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