Wisenberger takes pride in volunteering for community events

Published 12:00 am Monday, February 14, 2005

She stays busy.

For much of the week, Ironton resident Jan Wisenberger is office assistant to Lawrence County Common Pleas Court Judge Frank McCown. But evenings and weekend, she wears different hats: That of Lions Club member and Ironton-Lawrence County Parade committee member.

Wisenberger recalled that fellow Lions Club member Bob Blankenship persuaded her to join that club approximately five years ago.

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"He had asked me to help with the Haunted Tunnel and in helping with that, I discovered the Lions Club is just such a great organization," Wisenberger said. "We do get involved in a lot of good causes such as as those to help the vision impaired. We bought a guide dog for a local resident who could not afford one. We donate to the city mission, and of course the Haunted Tunnel. It's a great group of people," she said.

Similarly, it was McCown who asked her to get involved with the parade committee.

This year, Wisenberger will be grand marshal of the parade. Last year she was parade commander.

"I had a brother in the Navy and some of my uncle were in service and I think it is important to honor our service men and women," Wisenberger said. "And this is a good, community-based organization. It does bring the community together to honor our soldiers.

"I don't think people realize how much work is involved in making the parade such a success. We work on some things almost all year long, particularly starting in January each year.

"From January until the end of May, the parade committee meets

regularly and irons out all those details that make the parade what it is. I wish more people would get involved. With more people, you can get so much more accomplished."