Senechal named Volunteer of the Month
Rugby native LaRae Senechal has been named the Rugby Chamber of Commerce’s newest Volunteer of the Month.
According to Chamber director Shelley Block, Senechal is one of the youngest volunteers to be named for the award.
When told she was selected for the award, Senechal’s first thought was that she didn’t “deserve it”; that she doesn’t do enough. Her friends and co-workers dispute that. By all accounts, Senechal is an enthusiastic worker and often brings her family to help.
A Rugby native, Senechal is the daughter of Greg and Jodi Brossart. She and her family lived in Minot until her husband was transferred and they moved back here. “We moved just before the floods and the oil boom,” she said with a smile in her voice. She is a stay-at-home Mom but she has three children who come for home care.
Shortly after returning to Rugby, Mandy Kuhnhenn asked her to help with Relay for Life, then for the Daryl Kuhnhenn Memorial Ride and then to help at the Lyric Theater. She said yes every time.
At the Pierce County Relay for Life, Senechal is now an event leader. She has taught her two older children, ages 6 and 8, about cancer and the need to help others. The whole family works together to make each event a success. The children play games, walk the track and help give out prizes.
When children’s movies play at the Lyric Theater, the whole family goes. Senechal is a concession leader and she trains other volunteers.
“She is so positive,” says Holly Niemi, Lyric volunteer coordinator, “She greets people with a smile. We really appreciate her.”
When the movie is not suitable for children she gets a baby sitter, often that person is her husband. She noted it is wonderful Mommy time to be without the children for a little while.
As a Daryl Kuhnhenn Memorial Motorcycle Ride committee member, she works just as hard. She and her husband used to ride before they had children, so she understands the fun and fellowship of the event and how much is given back to the community.
Cindy Kuntz coached Senechal in gymnastics back in the day. Now her twin 3-year-old girls are in the Tiny Tots.
“She is my first go-to person,” said Kuntz, “When a coach is missing she will step in. She is always willing to help in any way and the kids love her.”
For Senechal, the volunteer work gives her a feeling of accomplishment and pride that the community is a bit better because of her work. Her family is proud of her activities and they love working together as a team.
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