PITTSBURG — For Shannon Brutchin, volunteering is important to being part of a community.  Brutchin, Pittsburg Security 1st Title Manager, received a 2018 Women of Distinction Award for helping with the growth of the company and her commitment to volunteering.

“Brutchin’s efforts have led to the phenomenal growth of the Pittsburg Security 1st Title location,” Ceremony Emcee Robin Mussa said.

Outside of her managerial work, Brutchin is an active member of local organizations — including the Pittsburg Area Young Professionals, Pittsburg Noon Rotary Club and the Pittsburg Area Chamber of Commerce, where she serves as a board member and chamber ambassador.

She also serves on the School Site Council for R.V. Haderlein Elementary in Girard.

Brutchin, a native of Chanute, now lives in Girard with her children — in whom she instills the importance of volunteering.

“To help someone you need to teach your children to always think about others,” she said. “People out there need help, it’s very important to give back to the community we live in … if we want a better place in the future we need to give back.”

From softball to cross country and track, she said her children, aged 7, 13 and 15, are active in sports, which also play a part in their daily lives and her own.

“I volunteer wherever I see a need,” she said. “When asked, I’m happy to help out, other than that I’m a busy mom.

Brutchin said what might have sparked her interest in volunteering is as a child she lost everything in a fire — a kind person in her community anonymously helped her family. To this day still doesn’t know who did it, but she continues to give back.

— Stephanie Potter is a staff writer at the Morning Sun. She can be emailed at spotter@morningsun.net or follow her on Twitter @PittStephP and Instagram @stephanie_morningsun.