John Abston Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, Recognizes Two

The John Abston Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, proudly awarded two individuals in 2017 the Outstanding Community Service Award. The winners are Bud Ward and Colin Kimball, and on March 17, these winners received a certificate and pin.

The DAR Outstanding Community Service Award is given to volunteers who have improved their community through unpaid efforts.

The first recipient is Forest “Bud” Ward, who was recognized for his leadership in the AARP-sponsored Tax Preparation program. Mr. Ward trains other volunteers in Collin County in order for them to learn about changes in tax laws. Once trained, these volunteers work one-to-one with the residents to prepare their tax returns for no charge. As the “Site Coordinator,” Mr. Ward reviews and approves each return which is then filed electronically.

As a veteran, Mr. Ward is a volunteer with other community organizations. He is an instructor of a safe driving seminar for AARP, holding sessions quarterly at the McKinney Senior Center. He also supports Habitat for Humanity where he served as president of the local board. Mr. Ward serves on the Finance Committee of Trinity Presbyterian Church, helps with Vacation Bible School leading a woodworking project for school-aged children, and is a member of the Presbyterian Disaster Relief Team. Also, Mr. Ward helps seniors in a program called “Seniors Helping Seniors” by doing home repairs.

The second recipient is Colin Kimball, a U.S. Air Force veteran, has painted 54 portraits of Collin County men and women who lost their lives while serving in the U.S. Military. These paintings are displayed at the Collin County Courthouse in McKinney in the Hall of Heroes. The most recent portraits will be dedicated in June, 2018. Mr. Kimball paints on canvas, and relies largely on photographs and service records. He incorporates some details of the nature of the service in the background of the painting, when appropriate, and each serviceman or woman is painted in the uniform of the branch of the military in which he or she served. He said that he wants to relate the stories of his subjects “who put their lives on hold because they felt the need to serve their county. I’ll tell their stories as best I can and little nuances about their life to king of make them human and not some heroic figure” [McKinney Courier Gazette].

The outstanding service of Bud Ward and Colin Kimball to our community is greatly appreciated.