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  • Angela Radell learned early the importance of giving back to the community.

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  • Angela Radell learned early the importance of giving back to the community.
    “The community was there for me growing up,” said the Pittsburg area native. “We had a house fire and the community helped us.”
    Now she devotes much of her time to volunteering with community organizations. For example, she is an at-large board member for Mother to Mother Ministry and spent part of Saturday wrapping gifts at Meadowbrook Mall to benefit the organization.
    She’s also president of the Pittsburg High School Quarterback Booster Club and a board member of the Pittsburg Noon Rotary Club, where she co-chairs the business recycling project.
    One of her ideas has been to establish partnerships between the organizations she’s involved with.
    “Mother to Mother Ministry did this gift-wrapping fundraiser last year, and people wondered if we could do it bigger,” Radell said. “Mother to Mother is probably the smallest organization I’m involved with and we would have needed more people to do the project bigger, so we reached out to the Pittsburg Area Professionals and Noon Kiwanis Club and gave them the opportunity to volunteer as well.”
    She said that she and her husband have been involved with the Pittsburg Area Young Professionals for about three years now.
    “Family and giving back to the community area huge part of my life,” Radell said. “I’ve had awesome mentors and my family is very supportive.”
    She is employed as customer relationship management administrator/education consultant for Pitsco Education.“It’s a wonderful place to work, and they’re also very supportive,” Radell
    said. “They encourage employees to help others.”
    She is active in Pitsco Cares projects, including volunteering for Meals on Wheels, Harry Hynes Hospice, Wesley House and Ronald McDonald House. Radell also serves as a facilitator for Youth Leadership Crawford County and helps at the annual Parents University.
    “With work and family you may have only a few hours here and there to volunteer, but it all helps,” she said.
    Radell has been honored with the Kansas Distinguished Member Award and the Light a Fire Award from Kiwanis International.
    She was honored to receive those awards, and speechless when notified that she had been chosen for the Pittsburg Area Chamber of Commerce 2013 Women of Distinction calendar. She is Miss June.
    “There are no words to describe how I felt when I was chosen as a Woman of Distinction,” Radell said.

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