Longtime Kerr County resident and tireless community volunteer Stan Cobbs was honored as Volunteer of the Year for 2016 by Schreiner University during a recognition dinner for volunteers and donors Thursday, Feb. 16, at the university.
“For all who are active with non-profit organizations in the Kerrville area, tonight’s honoree for the will not be a surprising choice,” said Peg Layton, coordinator for Schreiner’s Community Volunteers Program. “He is, and has been for many years, a ‘super volunteer’ – sharing his time and wisdom with local organizations from the Red Cross to Habitat for Humanity to the Hill Country Arts Foundation and the Chamber of Commerce and, of course, Schreiner University.”
She noted that while Cobbs has served in leadership roles, “he has been just as willing to help park cars or cover a registration desk – just tell him where he is needed.”
“This award is given not only for Stan’s decades of volunteer contributions to Schreiner University, but also for the spirit in which he volunteers – with enduring commitment and a true desire to serve wherever needed. … Stan has been a wonderful and dedicated ambassador, with his wife, Carolynn, by his side and very much a part of the Schreiner family in her own right,” added Layton.
While Cobbs’ contributions to Schreiner span nearly four decades, his contact with the school came much earlier. In the 1940s, while he was still in high school, he attended Presbyterian youth conferences at Westminster Encampment, which was located around the Robbins-Lewis Pavilion on the northwest side of the campus.
He returned to Kerrville about 30 years later to head the development program at Mo Ranch conference center, and became involved with Schreiner through the Hill Country College Fund campaign. He has been active in that effort since, and served a term as chair of the campaign.
In 1992 Cobbs became the director of Church Relations at Schreiner, a position he held until retirement in 2001. In addition to his continuing efforts on behalf of the Hill Country College Fund, he has also helped recruit new students, and “continued to faithfully respond when we put out last-minute calls for volunteers,” noted Layton. His current service includes membership on the Church Relations Advisory Board.
Also recognized during the dinner were members of the 100+ Club, people who have volunteered a minimum of 100 hours over the past calendar year. They are Cindy Becker, Anne Brackin, Gail Brown, Dustin English, Javier Garza, Kay Harter, Rick Harter, Cathy Henry, Echoe Moore, Kailey Saltarelli, and Bill Thomas.
In 2016, more than 230 volunteers gave nearly 5,000 hours of service to Schreiner in the library, the bookstore and campus ministry, as well as with fundraising, mentoring, serving on interview panels and as guest lecturers. Many also serve on advisory boards with the Former Students Association and Church Relations. Layton estimated the financial value of their service in 2016 at slightly more than $115,000.
For more information about Schreiner’s Community Volunteer Program, contact Layton at 830-792-7211 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.