Robinson honored by BE Sertoma Club
She decided to use more of her free time to dedicate to the community, and that dedication has earned her some well-deserved recognition.
Since her retirement from the Blue Earth Area School District, Lillian Robinson has devoted her time to various groups, organizations and causes around Faribault County and the surrounding communities.
And, because of that, she can add one more achievement to her resume the 2015 Service to Mankind Award recipient.
“I am very grateful to Sertoma,”?Robinson says. “This is a very lovely thing.”
Robinson was invited to the most recent Blue Earth Sertoma club meeting to be presented with her plaque.
However, when she first received word of the award, she didn’t quite believe it.
“At first I said, ‘oh gosh, are you sure?’ and A.B. Russ told me, ‘kiddo, you do a lot,'” Robinson remembers.
The award is presented to an individual who displays a dedication to volunteering in their community.
The club then reviews the nominations and votes on a recipient each year.
“I?gave them my resume, and it was then I realized how busy I?have been since retirement,”?Robinson adds.
Since retirement she has become a member of the Mitchell Chautauqua Literary Circle, has been a classroom volunteer in the BEA?schools, is involved with the Blue Earth Town and Country Players, a volunteer at the Red Barn Visitor Center at Giant Park and bowls on a weekly league.
“I have also been on the Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council from 2009-2015 and served as president for the last two years,”?Robinson says.
The PLRAC is a nine county regional board.
Robinson has also become active with the Faribault County Historical Society.
“As a board member we each have our own responsibilities and mine is the Woodland Historical School,”?she explains.
The individual board members keep an eye on their designated buildings and when a group tour comes in, she makes sure the building is ready to go.
“Of course we are all very busy at fair time,” she adds. “This year, in addition to the regular daily scavenger hunt, we did a geography bee (instead of a spelling bee) and worked with the local library to hold a story time at the fair.”
When she’s not busy helping out with the historical side of things, Robinson has also been busy improving the future of the Blue Earth area on the Blue Earth Community Foundation.
“I am on the board of directors and serve on a sub-committee for projects,”?she explains.
And, that sub-committee’s current focus is on an upcoming project in downtown Blue Earth for a downtown mural.
Robinson’s resume also includes teaching in the BEA?School District for 30 years. Her subjects included English, reading, speech, composition as well as helping with plays and knowledge bowl.
She retired in 2009 from her position at BEA and has been keeping busy since.
The recognition from the Sertoma club is not the first for Robinson, either. She was recognized in 1991 with the Life Member of Blue Earth Town and Country Players, in 1995 as Teacher of the Year by the Blue Earth Education Association, in 2011 with the Blue Earth Chamber of Commerce Area Ambassador Award, in 2012 with the Woman of Achievement award from the Mitchell Chautauqua Literary Circle and in 2012 with the Friend of Education Award from the Blue Earth Area Education Association.
“A.B. told me I’m involved in so many things,”?Robinson says of her recognition.
However, she accepts the award humbly, saying she hasn’t done any of this on her own.
“I don’t do anything by myself,”?Robinson says. “I am surrounded by good people doing lots of good things.”