Top of the Morning, April 30, 2014
She's been a pizza maker, den mother, music booster, school teacher, museum curator, swim instructor, church treasurer and book sorter.
Take a bow, Nancy Dolan. Then take a break.
"I think I'll just keep going on," she said. "Although I'd like to go to Alaska one day."
Nancy, 74, isn't the vacationing type. At least not yet.
The Catlin Lions Club's latest Citizen of the Year — she'll be honored at a Thursday night banquet at the Methodist church — still has a to-do list as long as Salt Fork's streak of making the high school football playoffs (13 years and counting).
Like ... running Pizza Time, one the town's favorite hangouts. Her title — president — sounds fancy. But on Friday night, Prez can be found bussing tables, serving salads and running the cash register at a 21-year-old family-owned business whose payroll includes her husband, two sons and two grandchildren.
"I do whatever is needed," Nancy said.
That'd be an appropriate motto for the Champaign High grad (Class of '58), who moved to Catlin in '64 but didn't expect to stay long. Fifty years later, she's a fixture.
Nancy is most proud of her role in developing and maintaining the Catlin Historical Society and Catlin Heritage Museum. But she's done so much more.
Still, "I was surprised and very humbled when they told me about" the honor.
She's the third woman and second from her house to win it. In 1984 husband Terry, who for 16 years served as mayor of Catlin, was named Man of the Year. The award's name eventually was changed so women like Nancy could be eligible.
The only husband-wife combo to be recognized, Terry and Nancy won't be seen arguing whose trophy is bigger. There's not enough time in either of their days.
"He's been my biggest supporter," Nancy said. "He was as happy as I was when I told him."