United Way Volunteer of the Month

Published 11:10 am Monday, October 8, 2012

Meet Imogene Opdahl


Name: Imogene I. Opdahl (Jeanie)

Imogene Opdahl

Age: 74

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Livelihood: Retired

City of Residence: Emmons

For how long: 48 years

Tell us about your family: I am married to Luther and have three children. Pam lives in Anoka and works for the County of Anoka. RaNae lives in Oakland and is a designer for Hy-Vee Floral in Austin. David lives just outside of Emmons and is a truck driver. We have two granddaughters.

Where do you volunteer and how long have you volunteered there? I have been a volunteer for the Freeborn County 4-H program for 37 years. I have been a project leader, a key leader and now am a County Cloverbud leader. I also volunteer at the fair working in the exhibit building as well as the livestock office. I also volunteer for the crisis response team of Freeborn County and have been a Red Cross volunteer for many years. I also am a volunteer for the Chamber Ag Committee. I am a volunteer at the Emmons Community Library and also one of the original volunteers to get the library up and running. I also volunteer at the Emmons Lutheran Church.

Why do you volunteer? To give back to the community. It is wonderful to work with the 4-H children as Cloverbuds (kindergarten and first and second graders) and watch them grow up to be wonderful young men and women in the community.

What was the last book you read? “The Walk” series by Richard Evans

What are you hobbies? Reading, baking and working with my flowers.

What’s your favorite movie? “The Blind Side.”