Wednesday, Jan. 02 2013 8:49AM
LS woman recognized in White House program for service
By Russ Pulley
Debra Bronston, of Lee’s Summit, was recently honored in the MLK Drum Majors for Service program, getting recognition for her community leadership.
Each year President Barack Obama recognizes unsung heroes across the nation who answer a call to service. Inspired by Martin Luther King Jr.’s last sermon, the Drum Major Instinct, the program is facilitated by the White House and the Corporation for National and Community Service. Local organizations nominate people for the award, notify the White House, buy the materials and present the award to recipients.
Bronston said she was surprised with the award in December at the Urban Financial Services Coalition_Greater Kansas City 14th Annual Holiday Reception and Scholarship Awards Program, held at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. She’d help plan the event and knew she wasn’t on the program when she was called forward.
“Rarely am I speechless, I was speechless when I recognized it for what it is,” Bronston said. “It was definitely an honor.”
She has been working with the Urban Financial Services Coalition for 15 years. The international president nominated Bronston for the award. The Urban Financial Services Coalition has chapters in the United States and Canada and its mission is to promote financial literacy in underserved communities.
Bronston also serves on the Lee’s Summit Human Relations Council, Truman Heartland Community Foundation Lee’s Summit Advisory Board.
The award includes a letter on White House stationary signed by the president. “It’s absolutely beautiful,” Bronston said.