Marty Paulk Cheerleader Awards
2015 Winner Linda Kundell
Each year, members of the GERL Board of Directors
discuss potential candidates for GERL’s most prestigious
volunteer award…the Marty Paulk Cheerleader Award. We
try to choose the person who has demonstrated the
actions and passion that go back to the person that this
award memorializes and that is Marty Paulk, herself!
Anybody who knew Marty, back in the day, knows the word
“passion” is the perfect descriptor. It was obvious that
she thought about GERL A LOT! She was at every GERL
event that I can remember from back then, and someone I
would also describe as “tireless”. When Marty left this
world she left a big hole, and that includes GERL.
There are others who we meet along the horse path who
also stand out. When they support an organization, it
becomes more than paying your dues and attending some
events. They are in 150% and raise their hand often to
pick up a horse and deliver it across Georgia to its new
home, work booths and anything else that is needed.
The Board agreed that one such person who absolutely
stood out as one of the most loyal volunteers, one who
most mirrors Marty Paulk, is Linda Kundell. Many of us
know Linda from working trails with CTHA or through the
Kel-Mac Saddle Club. She is still active with both.
Linda, a lifetime member, joined GERL in 2010 and
immediately volunteered to be an Area Coordinator for
not only her county, but for 4 other counties, as well
as agreeing to be a foster home. She is in charge of our
hotline phone volunteer roster which includes the
tracking of volunteer attendance at all GERL events. Oh,
did I mention that she is also our Merchandise
Coordinator? She orders all GERL merchandise and
maintains the GERL cargo trailer and seeing that it is
present at our events. Linda wears many hats, which now
includes being a member of the GERL Board of Directors.
Please join me in congratulating Linda and thanking her
for the many hours of time and the labor that she
provides to GERL! Without folks like Linda, we could not
do what we are doing for Georgia’s horses!
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