She may be a Kansas native, but Jenee Velasquez has spent half of her life living in Midland and much of her career helping promote the city. She was the first Executive Director for The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation, CEO and Economic Development Services Manager of Midland Tomorrow, and Midland’s first Downtown Development Authority Coordinator. Jenee has served in numerous community service leadership roles and on a list of boards too long to mention in one article.
Her dedication extends to the Midland Noon Rotary Club as well, where she recently was awarded one of the Club’s Attendance Awards, for having the highest yearly attendance with make-ups. Jenee became a Rotarian in 1995, with Stuart Bergstein as her sponsor.
“I was delighted that Stuart considered me worthy of membership in Rotary. Rotary feels like family to me. We share common values of service and integrity, enjoy each other’s company, and, occasionally drive each other nuts,” she says.
Jenee has been involved in numerous Rotary activities as well, and was a recipient of the Club’s “Golden Goose” for her efforts. She has been a Paul Harris Fellow twice and is a Club Past President. Her presidential legacy is launching the weekly “humor moment.”
The attendance recognition is special to her for several reasons, Jenee says, but topping the list is being reminded of good friends with exemplary attendance such as Luman Bliss and Stuart Bergstein. “These two gentlemen (with far more decades of perfect attendance than me) believed that you couldn’t have service without fellowship.”
Jenee and her husband, Christian, are the parents of Isabel, and when she’s not busy with all her other activities, Jenee enjoys spending time with her family, playing volleyball, traveling and “eating bacon.”