U.S. Sen. Dick Lugar congratulated Lois Hess of Fort Wayne on Tuesday, June 19, 2007on receiving a 2007 Jefferson Award for community and public service.
Hess was recognized for her volunteer efforts at both the American Red Cross and the Girls Scouts.
Hess volunteered with the American Red Cross for 47 years. She not only assisted families in the Northeast Indiana Chapter, but also supported the relief efforts of 59 national disasters. Additionally, she contributed 48 years of service to the Girl Scouts organization, holding multiple positions as her daughters were growing up.
The Jefferson Award was founded in 1972 by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, U.S. Sen. Robert Taft, Jr. and Sam Beard. The intent was to create a “Nobel Prize” for community and public service. Since its inception, the Jefferson Awards has recognized citizens exhibiting the highest degree of leadership and service within their state and nation. Annually, 90 community winners from across the country are chosen to receive the Jefferson Award.