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August 23, 2018 Hussey receives Volunteer Award
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Kalona resident Jim Hussey received the Governor’s Volunteer Award for his work with the Preucil School of Music in Iowa City.

The award, presented Aug. 1 by Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds and Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg, was given in recognition for his service on the Preucil School’s Foundation and Guild, and then on its board of trustees, for which he served as president his final three years on the board.

“Through the Preucil School, young people have the chance to listen, learn, and perform,” Hussey said. “The musical skills my kids developed helped them travel the world, but even more important were the life skills. My goal as a school leader was to help as many children as possible enjoy those same opportunities.”

After volunteering several years on an informal basis, Hussey joined the Preucil Foundation and Guild from 2008 to 2011, and served on its board of trustees from 2011 to 2017.

During his time with the school, he guided its trustees, faculty and staff through a strategic planning process, wrote a number of pieces that helped define “the voice” of the school, and recently created a documentary video on the history of the school and its founders. He continues to serve on its finance committee.

“Jim’s passion for the arts, education and youth quickly became apparent,” said Sonja Zeithamel, director of the school. “Jim left his mark on the Preucil School in many ways. His humor, quick wit, creativity, intelligence, writing, communication and leadership skills have made a lasting impact.”

Hussey has also volunteered for several other organizations, including the Kalona Library Foundation and the Holy Trinity Parish Council in Richmond. He has also served on the Mid-Prairie school board since 1999.

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