24 Jul Board Member Spotlight: Lyn Altman
Question: How long have you volunteered with the Starke County Community Foundation?
Answer: I’ve been on the Starke County Community Foundation Board since 2021, but I have had a connection with the board and volunteered in various capacities since its inception. My mother, Barbara McLaughlin, was one of the founders of the Starke County Community Foundation, and my husband, Dave, served 12 years on the board after Mom completed her years of service. I feel like I have “grown up” with the Community Foundation.
Q: What do you enjoy most about being involved with the SCCF?
A: I enjoy the deep sense of community connection that comes with working on the board. There are so many needs in today’s world, and the Community Foundation is able to use an excellent discernment process to help with those needs. The Foundation is also providing leadership and direction to the many great non-profit organizations that serve our county in enabling and encouraging them to have optimal communication and work together.
Q: What is something you want people to know about the community foundation?
A: I want people to know that you don’t have to have millions of dollars to contribute to be a part of the Community Foundation. You can start a seedling fund, give to an existing fund, or give of your time and talents to be a part of this great organization. I want people to know that contributing to the Community Foundation is a way to leave a legacy of charity and good will.
Q: What do you like to do in your free time?
A: In my free time, I enjoy photography, gardening, reading, and visiting with friends. I direct the choir, lead singing, and teach an adult Sunday School class at North Judson United Methodist Church, as well as volunteer at Kid’s Closet. My husband and I love to travel, and we love visiting our three children, their spouses, and nine grandchildren. And we’re currently working on the committee for our NJSP 50th Class Reunion! I am a retired RN but still work on a PRN (as needed) basis at Pulaski Memorial Hospital and at the Pulaski County Health Department.
Q: What do you love most about your community?
A: I love the feeling of camaraderie and working together in our community. I live in North Judson but consider all of Starke County our community. Whether it’s a Foundation function, sporting event, church function, 4-H Fair, festivals, or just shopping or eating out, you’re bound to encounter someone you know. I love the shared goal of making our community and its citizens the best we can be.