Coleen Timmons receives Exchange Club’s Golden Deeds award
Tue, 2016-04-26 07:06 News Staff
By DAVID J. HARDIN
The Exchange Clubs of Copperas Cove presented Coleen Timmons with the Book of Golden Deeds Award Friday night at the Grace United Methodist Church.
According to the National Exchange Clubs’ website, The Book of Golden Deeds Award is given to volunteers who not only give endless hours of their time but also their talents toward making their community a better place to live. The Exchange Club of Huntington, Indiana sponsored the first award back in 1919, and since then thousands of heroes have been honored with this award.
The night began with the Pledge of allegiance and invocation. Morning Exchange Club President Clarence Enochs gave a short introduction a about Timmons before the meal began.
After dinner, Enochs made the Golden Deeds Award presentation and a short bio was read by James Powell.
Coleen Dewald Timmons was born in 1953, and in 1959 her family moved to Copperas Cove. After the move, Timmons’ dad went into the lumber business with her brother. She started the first grade at Avenue E School, and in the 9th grade Coleen played basketball, when girls were not allowed to play basketball before they reached high school. She was also a cheerleader, and elected football sweetheart during her junior and senior years at Copperas Cove High School. Coleen graduated in 1971.
After high school she attended Southwest University, now Texas State University in San Marcos. Timmons majored in Elementary Education and minored in Math, graduating in 1975.
In the spring of 1975, Timmons began teaching in Copperas Cove. While teaching in Copperas Cove, she wanted every child to succeed in math and in life. That dream of hers was given back to her when she and one of her former students was attending a basketball game at Baylor University. It was there that Robert Griffin III introduced Timmons to his fiancée, and he shared with Timmons what a profound impact she had made on his life.
Timmons retired from teaching at CCISD in 2010, but has continued to help students as a part-time TAKS tutor, as well as a math tutor for CCISD and also gives of her time and tutors at Grace United Methodist Church.
She founded “We Care School” at Grace United Methodist Church. This program is designed to help military families with daycare for preschool and kindergarten students, while at the same time developing the child’s language, emotional, mental, physical and social skills.
Timmons also gives of her time by helping at local retirement centers. She does volunteer work at the Child Advocate Center here in Cove.
“Tonight, members of the Exchange Club say thank you for making a difference in our community, and in our lives,” said James Powell.
“I am so blessed to have received this award, and I thank you all for coming,” Timmons said. “It was such a surprise and a blessing. The Exchange Club does so many wonderful things, and I have known about this award, and so many others who have received this award in the past are heroes and people that I have grown looking up to. When my friend nominated me it took my breath away, and I just couldn’t believe it.”
Enochs said, “The Book of Golden Deeds award recognizes those heroes and heroines in the community who carry themselves on a daily basis, and follow the right path, and who go above and beyond what the norm is.”
Most of Timmons’ family was present to watch her be honored.