Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Joe Luppens is a 'gem for this community'

Kuna Mayor Scott Dowdy calls Joe Luppens a "gem for this community."
I couldn't agree more. I've had the pleasure of knowing Joe for the past couple of years and worked with him on the Kuna Census Complete Count Committee.
If you happen to show up at any local event or meeting that is intended to benefit Kuna, chances are you’re going to bump into Joe Luppens.
For his volunteer efforts, Luppens has received a Leadership in Motion award from the Community Planning Association of Southwest Idaho.
“It just seems like every time you turn around, Joe’s been there,” said Kuna Mayor Scott Dowdy, who last year asked Luppens to head up the Kuna Census Complete Count Committee. “And he always does it with a smile and a cheerful heart.”
Luppens received the Leadership by Example, Individual, award from COMPASS last month.
Luppens received the award specifically for his involvement as chairman of the local Census Committee,
“Joe Luppens worked diligently on efforts to improve the accuracy of the 2010 census,” according to COMPASS’s press release about Luppens. “Joe dedicated his time organizing and encouraging participation of individuals and businesses in the Kuna area to promote the census, even spending his own money on creating T-shirts for the outreach. Kuna had an 82 percent census return rate, well above the Ada County’s average, the national average, and Kuna’s 2000 rate. The additional participation is estimated to bring in almost $400,000 per year to the community from federal government appropriations.”
But Luppens’ work on the Census committee just scratches the surface.
Congratulations, Joe. You deserve it.

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