A wonderful description of our dearest member Jennifer Blum. Our hearts still hurt as we say goodbye to this very special woman.Today ODC lost an incredible member of our team. We are all so saddened at the passing of Jen Blum.
Jen had an accidental fall at home on Wednesday evening and sustained a major head injury. The injury was so severe that doctors were unable to save her. We are so shocked and we are at a loss as we try to deal with this sudden loss of someone we all knew and dearly loved.
Jen worked for ODC for almost 8 years, as our Director of Communication and Donor Relations.
We always say that job titles really don’t matter, it is what we “do” that matters. But as we reflect on Jen and all she has meant to all of us at ODC, we know that her true gifts, and her legacy to ODC will be her “communication” and her “donor relations”.
Jen was an extraordinary and vibrant person, with so many talents, and so much passion for ODC and the people we serve.
She truly loved the people we serve, and valued all of their unique personalities and all of their gifts. She had a way of really getting to know people, and learning their “stories”… their journeys, their struggles and their successes.
Then she could so eloquently write their stories and share their successes with our team and with the community. When she spoke about the people we serve, she said it with her heart, and she had a way of making each and every person feel special and important.
Jen talked often about the importance of telling people the “stories” of the people we serve, as she knew it is the best way for people to understand what we do and the impact on people’s lives.
Her art of telling those stories has had a profound impact on ODC, as she helped us to gain so many friends and supporters.
As our ODC team reflected today on all Jen has meant to all of us, many of her teammates shared that when they started their jobs at ODC, she was one of the first to approach them and make them feel welcome and included. Others called her a “cheerleader”, as she always encouraged others and praised them for a job well done.
We all remember her hearty laugh, and her warm and kind personality.
We remember her love for her family and her dogs, and the infamous “Jump Around” ringtone on her phone. Jen was an avid Badgers fan, and she and her family rarely missed a Badger home football game.
She knew how to celebrate success, as she artfully planned and orchestrated so many events over the years to celebrate success and share our story with our community… Evenings to Inspire, Celebrations of Achievement, donor appreciation events… all of these events had Jen’s “signature” on them.
As we shared our individual stories about Jen today, it was clear that the common themes were her kindness, her compassion, her ability to make everyone realize they were special and important, and her incredible “way with words”.
In her passing, she gave another gift…as an organ donor, she is giving the gift of life to many people.
We have all lost a great friend. We have learned so much from Jen, and will deeply miss her. We feel blessed to have known Jen, and we know that ODC is a better place because she shared her life with us. ...
It is with a heavy heart to announce some incredibly sad news this evening. Our beloved Jennifer Blum fell yesterday and suffered a fatal brain injury. She is an organ donor so she is being kept on a ventilator but will be transitioning into heaven soon
Jen was nothing short of extraordinary. She had a smile that lit up the room and an incredibly big heart. When ever you spoke to her you couldn't help but feel uplifted. She always put everyone else ahead of herself. She was with our club for 3 years but we feel like I have known her forever. Not long after she joined our club she volunteered for a board position, she would quickly volunteer for any event we had and she was always busy helping the less fortunate with her work.
Hug your loved ones extra tight and send your love and prayers to Jen's husband and her family as they deal with the loss of this phenomenal woman.
The Rotary club of Stevens Point and Rotary Club of Greater Portage County attended the donor recognition event for the new Behnke Olson Outdoor Recreation Center at Standing Rock Park. Both clubs were donors for this awesome new lodge. Be sure to check it out and get the family outside this winter! There is tons to do and it’s a fabulous asset to this community.
Pictured is Rachel Swedberg, Trish Baker, Ashley Netzer, Nichole Matowitz and Jon Baehr. ...
Rotary Club of Stevens Point had a great time building kits for United Way of Portage County and Rural Delivered meals.
If you have a group wanting to volunteer But can’t necessarily leave the office?? I highly recommend reaching out to United Way.🍽Thank you to Stevens Point Noon Rotary for packing 100 Rural Delivered Meal Kits! These kits will go to the recipients of the Aging & Disability Resource Center of Portage County Rural Delivered Meal Program. They will be used in the event that volunteers cannot deliver a meal due to bad weather. These kits ensure that recipients will have a back up meal that meet the nutritional standards. ...