Volunteer earns distinction through time, leadership

By Messenger Staff | Published Saturday, June 23, 2012

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Christy Aberl of Bridgeport has been named the Modern Woodmen’s Fraternalist of the Year.

She will be recognized at a regional meeting 9:30 a.m. Friday, June 29, at the Courtyard by Marriott in Denton.

The award is presented to a member who has provided outstanding volunteer service in the community and excellent leadership in their local Modern Woodmen chapters and youth service clubs.

As part of the award, the organization will donate $500 to Aberl’s charity of choice, Fly Without Wings Equine Center in Sunset. The center provides free horseback riding therapy for at-risk youth; battered men, women and children; veterans; and the disabled.

Aberl is a Modern Woodmen youth service club leader and serves as the activities coordinator for Bridgeport, Graham, Mineral Wells, Decatur, Denton and Rockwall chapters.

In 2011, she coordinated 11 fundraisers for community needs; two tree-planting projects; five hands-on Good Neighbor community improvement projects; six Make A Difference projects; and six Join Hands Day projects, working with kids and adults to donate stuffed animals to local fire and police departments to comfort kids in times of trauma.

She also organized monthly chapter and youth club meetings, and she serves at a mentor to other chapter activities coordinators in North Texas. Aberl donated 16 youth educational programs to area schools.

Aberl is also an active member of her church and has three sons.

As a tax-exempt, fraternal benefit society, Modern Woodmen sells life insurance, annuity and investment products.

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