Dawn Pung seated between Zontians Ellen Aoki and Lily Inouye. Standing Zontians: Pat O'Toole, Irene Nagao, Jane Kawachi and Wilma Matsumura
Zonta Club of Hilo ace member, former president, former Zonta District 9 area director, Dawn Pung was named Hawaii County’s Outstanding Older American female. She joins Victor Beardsley who was the male awardee. She will be honored with others from around the state at a luncheon with Gov. Lingle in Honolulu.
Zonta Club of Hilo nominated Dawn for the honor. Here are the first couple paragraphs of the nomination and a link to the pdf of the whole thing…
“Dawn Pung is a caregiver. Yet she somehow makes all the work that goes into that care seem part of a festival. Like the Pied Piper, she plays a tune that has hordes of friends and acquaintances following her off to one volunteer effort or another, “Come on. It’ll be fun.” And it usually is. Whether it’s a pre-dawn rendevous with triathletes, or Moonlight Madness for the Cancer Society, a vigil against domestic violence, a prayer for peace or a fundraiser where you need to lay your money down, Dawn is the energizing force that keeps it focused and fun.
She seems to be everywhere all the time. Yet she remains fiercely family-centered. Experienced working mother herself, she is determined to make the working-mom life easier for her daughter. Every day that she’s in Hilo, Dawn prepares—and delivers—dinner to her daughter’s active family. Dinner and her and husband Ernie’s support was particularly helpful for daughter Penny when her husband, a National Guardsman, was deployed to the Middle East. Dawn’s quite a lady, always well groomed,so it may be hard to imagine, but she’squick to help Ernie on the ranch, feeding livestock, and well, you know…
She takes caregiving from the closest point, her family and friends, to the largest—international efforts to advance the status of women. ”
Link to more of nomination… dawn 5f
Click here for link to Hawaii Tribune Herald story