2014 Member of the Year - Kitty Burcsu
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
"Kitty is one of the League's strongest pillars," said Amy Pulles, LWVMC President, about this year's LWVMC Member of the Year: Kitty Burcsu. The award is given each year at Annual Meeting to a non-Board member who has made an outstanding contribution to the League that year.
Kitty Burcsu (pronounced "bur Q") has been a member of LWVMC since the mid-1970s and has served on the Board in various positions starting in the early 1980s. She was president from 2005-08 and again in 2011-12. This year, though, she went off the Board, but continued to chair the Development Committee, which oversees the successful Democracy In Action awards, the Holiday Party, the Friends Letter, and a growing Planned Giving program.
Under Kitty's leadership, the Development Committee has also launched two forward-reaching initiatives this year: the establishment of the League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Columbus Endowment Fund with the Columbus Foundation, and the establishment of the League's Corporate and Community Advisory Council, whose second meeting is scheduled for June. While Kitty did not go about these initiatives on her own, her leadership, guidance, and expertise are most certainly the reason for their great success.
The Development Committee's clear-cut goals are based on the results of crucial strategic planning process that Kitty spearheaded when she was president. Like many volunteer organizations, the local League had been declining in membership, scattered in its activities, and having trouble recruiting people to take leadership positions; however, it was filled with passionate, hardworking volunteers who cared deeply about the League's mission. The strategic planning process, called 4R, was a year-long journey to Reinvigorate, Re-invent, Re-vision, and ensure Relevancy for the League as it planned its future serving the central Ohio community.
Participation in the 4R process involved dozens of League members and leaders of the community, and it resulted in a compelling vision and a set of goals to guide the League's work into the future.
"Because of the hard work and dedication that our members put into the 4R process, lead by Kitty, we emerged with a plan that will strengthen our foundation and allow our League to continue to prosper for decades to come," said Pulles.
Kitty enjoys working with the League to use her skills and to stay involved in the community. Looking back on her years in the League, Kitty is most proud of her role in the 4R process and is glad to have a hand in seeing it come together. She is quick to acknowledge the work of the members of the Development Committee: "It's not just me!"
Kitty will be honored at the League's Annual Meeting on Monday, June 2, from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm, at Columbus Realtors, 2700 Airport Drive 43219.