Janet Glime honored with Heckendorf award

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She has headed the local literacy council since its founding in 2012

Janet Glime, left, accepts the 2018 Harold P. Heckendorf Community Service Award from N.E.W. Credit Union’s President Lisa Gilligan. (Contributed photo)

Janet Glime of Oconto is the recipient of the 2018 Harold P. Heckendorf Community Service Award from N.E.W. Credit Union. In addition to a plaque, Glime received a $250 check, and the charity of her choice, the Marinette-Oconto Counties Literacy Council, received a matching donation of $250.

The award, sponsored by N.E.W. Credit Union for the 17th year, is in tribute to Heckendorf, a longtime volunteer board member. A firm believer in the credit union philosophy of “people helping people,” Heckendorf was also very active in his church and local community.

Glime was raised on a farm in the Abrams area along with eight siblings. She earned a nursing degree from Mercy Medical Center in Oshkosh. After graduation, she worked in area hospitals as well as a school nurse for the Coleman School District. Together with her husband, Daniel, she raised two daughters, Emily and Katie, who both work in the field of nursing. They also have three grandchildren, Xavier, Scarlet and Frankie.

While working as a school nurse, Glime became aware of a large number of adults who couldn’t read or write. This inspired her to find what could be done to help those individuals, and thus the Marinette-Oconto Counties Literacy Council was formed in 2012 under her leadership. Currently, the council has 28 trained tutors with 34 students from 16 countries.

Glime has served as the president of the council since it was formed. She has volunteered hundreds of hours for the project, including training tutors, enrolling students, keeping track of students’ progress, ordering and reviewing material for the students and tutors and attending state and local meetings.

The council is funded by grants and donations, and no one involved with the council receives a salary. All of the officers and board members volunteer their time and efforts for the organization.

Glime’s hobbies include spending time with family, homemaking and gardening. She would also like to start sewing more for her grandchildren. In the future, she would like to see the literacy council use more technology, and she will strive to be a positive role model for her grandchildren and the community, always taking the time to promote reading.

For information about this community service award or N.E.W. Credit Union, call 800-924-1250 or visit www.newcu.org.