The Optimist Club of Knoxville has honored Helen Hewitt, Thermocopy’s Customer Relations Manager, with the 2012 Dorothy Weber “YES” Award. The award acknowledges Helen’s ongoing work with the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley.
Helen Hewitt has worked with the Boys and Girls Clubs for many years and joined the Caswell Avenue Advisory Board about 20 years ago. She has chaired the Program Committee, served as Vice Chair and is currently serving as the Chair of board that is now called the Knoxville Advisory Board which oversees six facilities. Helen was also a very active volunteer for the Knoxville Open. She did such an excellent job she was asked to serve on the Championship Committee. Helen also provided the leadership to get the Boys & Girls Clubs’ Purses with Purpose program started.
Ernie Brooks, vice president of Support Services at Boys and Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley, said, “Helen is one of the most impressive individuals that I know. She is an outstanding community volunteer and a very devoted volunteer for the Boys & Girls Clubs. Helen is always the first to sign up to participate in activities at our clubs and she is a regular at our Youth of the Month outings. She certainly leads by example. Helen is a woman of character and has always garnered the respect of everyone.”
Steve Sumner, president of Thermocopy, said “We’re so proud of what Helen has achieved with the Boys & Girls Clubs. Thermocopy has a long tradition of supporting our local community organizations and Helen has truly carried the torch for our company’s contributions to the East Tennessee community. We appreciate everything she’s done over the years to help us fulfill that aspect of our mission statement. Helen’s dedication continues to inspire all of us.” Helen recently celebrated her 25th anniversary at Thermocopy.
The mission of the Optimist Club is to enable all young people, especially those with the most need, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Helen joined the Optimist Club 1993 and has been active in most of its programs, especially those that involved the Boys & Girls Clubs.