Jan Smith, director of volunteer services at the Missouri Veterans Home in Warrensburg, retired on Saturday. She had held the position for more than seven years, and was one of the organization’s most high-profile community liaisons. She also served a key advisory role on the nonprofit Veterans Assistance League (VAL) Board of Directors.
During Smith’s tenure, she expanded the communication reach and scope of the VAL by launching the nonprofit’s first website and online special event registration capabilities. She also enhanced the home’s donor and volunteer support base both geographically and in terms of interaction and contribution frequency.
Additionally, she expanded the number of private organizations that hold independently managed fundraisers to support VAL and the veterans. Her legacy also includes fine-tuning of the volunteer management program to result in mutually beneficial relationships between volunteers and veterans.
Smith’s career with MVH-Warrensburg includes the following awards: Missouri Association of Homes for the Aging 2010 Employee of the Year Award (Client Services); State Employee of the Month, January 2010; Department of Public Safety Employee of the Month, December 2009; and Missouri Veterans Commission Employee of the Month, September 2009.
“We wish Jan congratulations and best of luck on her retirement; however, it’s going to be hard to part with someone of her caliber,” said Eric Endsley, Missouri Veterans Home administrator. “Her name and reputation are synonymous with unparalleled tact, leadership, effectiveness, dedication, patriotism, and most importantly, genuine love and respect for the 200 veteran heroes she serves.”
Spending time with family is at the top of the retirement plans list, Smith said.
“If we stay in the local community, I’m sure I’ll be back at the home as a volunteer myself,” she said.