Wes and Tammy Widmer, Unsung Heroes for June, were nominated for this award for their impressive community involvement and the generous way they each so willingly go the extra mile to give opportunities to young people in the Lake Region.
Wes and Tammy, who met in high school, each have a teaching degree from Valley City State College. Each truly is an educator at heart. Tammy says, “We love to be busy with kids.”
They each volunteer for many Park Board activities. Wes coaches basketball, baseball and also does fundraising. Like Wes, Tammy enjoys coaching. One of the individuals who nominated them for this award stated, “If you attend a baseball or basketball event, it is no surprise to find Tammy in the dugout or at the concessions stand. She can do it all.”
Tammy teaches Math at Lake Region State College where she also tutors in the TRIO Tutoring program that gives assistance in academic skills. Her nurturing spirit extends beyond the classroom. Like Wes, She is involved in numerous community endeavors. Tammy served several years as president of Prairie View PTO and has enjoyed mentoring new families in the community.
As a member of Our Saviors Lutheran Church Council, Wes has been chaperone for National Youth Council trips to San Antonio and New Orleans. He will again be chaperoning the trip to New Orleans this year.
Wes and Tammy are the proud parents of five children ranging in age from 8 to 21. Their family also includes a nephew whose Dad is deployed to Kuwait. Having been deployed, Wes knows what this means.
Wes has an impressive resume with the Military. After high school, he proudly served in the U.S. Marine Corps for four years. During this time he had three deployments to the Middle East. In college he joined the National Guard to help pay for his education. He spent ten years in the traditional Guard (devoting one week per month to the Guard.)
Once he committed to the Guard full time, he spent six years as a Recruiter. For the past nine years, he has taught readiness to Non Commissioned Officers at Camp Grafton. Wes and Tammy have received “The Family of the Year Award from the ND National Guard. Next year Wes will have served twenty years in the Guard.
Recently Wes established the Lake Region Gymnastic Center. Wes said, “When I suggested the idea of the Gymnastics Center to Kurt Weaver, he was 100 per cent on board. The idea just took off,” The Gymnastic Center opened its doors on June fourth of this year and has met with great success.
Both Tammy and Wes believe that the most important way to invest in your community is by give strong support to the youngsters. Wes says, “Our goal is to make a difference for the kids. And we thank God that we are able.”
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