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Patti Youngman is Tama Citizen of the Year

May 19, 2011
By John Speer, Editor •
TAMA NEWS-HERALD -“I very much appreciate being nominated, I was very surprised,” Patti Youngman said Monday. “I knew nothing about the nomination until Tama firemen came and told me. I just felt very honored and appreciate the thought.”

Youngman,63,was selected from nominations made as the 32rd Tama Citizen of the Year by the Tama Firefighters Association. Since 1982, a Tama resident has been chosen based upon their volunteer contributions to make the city a better place to live.

She will be honored at a ceremony and reception at 7 p.m. Friday at the Tama fire Station as part of the Tama Lincoln Highway Bridge Celebration.

Patti is very active in volunteering her time at the South Tama Clothes Closet. She works there three days a week, mainly in the sorting room, something she has some for the past 5 and 1/2 years.

“I work with a great crew and we have some people who come in and colunteer for a day or only a few hours,” she said. “It’s a community thing, you get to meet and see a lot of people. It’s a great way to socialize with people when you’re not working.”

Her dedication to the Clothes Closet which provides for a wide variety of not only clothing, but household and appliance needs for the area, sparked the nomination. Julie Rathjen, Clothes Closet board president and Jan Wheeler, the Clothes Closet manager, submitted it.

Not only is Patti devoted to the Clothes Closet, she finds time with her husband Robert, to be active in the Rolling Thunder Motorcycle Club. It is a POW-MIA awareness group.

The couple recently helped in Waterloo with the placment of a paque recognizing veterans of the Viet Nam War. They are also ABATE (A Brotherhood Aimed Towards Education members.

Among acitivites of ABATE, they participate in some charity rides.

A life-long Tama area resident, Patti is a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church and the Ridge Riders Saddle Club.

She retired six years ago as a youth service worker at the Iowa Juvenile home - Trianing school for Girls in Toledo where she worked for 15 years. Prior to that, she drove a South Tama school bus for 20 years. She was also well-known as a pet groomer.

She and her husband, Robert, have six children, Deb (John) Wagner, Chelsea, Kelli (Eli) Vilez, Gilman, Tim (Jessi) Youngman, Melanie (Mike) Nagle, Garwin, Marilee Youngman, Garwin and daughter-in-law Cindy and the late Larry ) Hamor Jr. and 17 grandchildren.

“I think volunteerism is a wonderful way to spend your time. If you have extra time, it is very rewarding being bale to help other people,” she said. “I encourage anyone to volunteer if they do have the time.”

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