Carolyn Hummel honored by Rotary
By Lola Harmon-Ramsey
On June 28, 2021 the Fremont Rotary Club hosted its annual picnic at Lakes23 in Fremont. Part of this annual event is honoring a community member with a “Service Above Self” award. Service Above Self is one of the highest honors a Rotary club can bestow to an individual.
This year, Fremont resident Carolyn Hummel was the individual recipient of this award. What Carolyn thought was an invitation to speak to the local Rotarians about the Newaygo County Pickleball Club turned into a stealth undercover presentation about Carolyn herself and her contributions to Fremont and other non-profit organizations. Carolyn’s leadership and selflessness goes far beyond pickleball.
Carolyn attended The Ohio State University, which, if you meet Carolyn in person, cannot be looked past as she is usually proudly decked out in Buckeye gear.
Carolyn had a rewarding career in education and retired as the Principal of Fremont Middle School. Her former coworker and current superintendent of Fremont Public Schools, Ken Haggart, said of Carolyn, “As the Middle School Principal for 11 years, Carolyn was a leader, teacher, role-model, friend and confidant. She helped many families in need with money, food and other assistance as needed. She loved all kids and believed every middle student could be successful.”
Even in retirement Carolyn has found many ways to stay involved with her community. You can often find her baking her famous rolls or buckeyes in her kitchen and sharing them with her friends and family. Previously you could find her volunteering at a number of local organizations such as the Fremont Methodist Church, Kids Hope USA, Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial, and Friends of the Fremont Library. Carolyn is currently a board member of the Ohio State Alumni of West Michigan and chairman of the Scholarship committee. Carolyn is also currently serving in many roles at the Fremont Area Community Foundation. At the Community Foundation, Carolyn has held a number of roles such as Trustee of the Board, Youth Advisory Council advisor, Distribution Committee member, Kickstart to Career liaison member, Chairman of the Education Committee and most recently accepted the Trustee at Large position on the Executive Committee.
Carla Roberts, Fremont Area Community Foundation President and CEO remarked of Carolyn’s involvement at the Community Foundation, “Carolyn is the quintessential trustee. She shows up when expected, she reads up to be well prepared, she speaks up to share her perspective, and acts in the best interests of the agency she is representing. She brings her wisdom to the table, her financial resources to support the need and her homemade chocolates to nourish her colleagues.”
While Carolyn will end her service next year at the Community Foundation her servant heart will most likely continue to bless Fremont with whatever she chooses to do and will most likely include her famous homemade buckeye candies in tow.