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Volunteer named woman of the year

 Connie Cross
(641) 6289-2710
Local Beta Sigma Phi Chapter Names Catholic Charities Volunteer Area’s Woman of the Year
St. Cloud — Idella Munzer of St. Cloud, long-time volunteer for Catholic Charities, has been named Woman of the Year by the Kappa Master Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi. She was honored at the area’s Founder’s Day celebration at Coyote Moon on April 28.

Munzer began volunteering in 1994 with the Caritas Women’s Guild, now known as Catholic Charities Emergency Services Clothing Program. Initially she worked with the Back to School Project and Toys for Tots, sorting mostly socks. In 2000, when the Emergency Services programs moved to its current site on Roosevelt Rd., Munzer moved with them and began carving out her niche. 

“If we were to give her a job title it would be warehouse inventory control specialist,” says Kathryn Stolpman, manager of Catholic Charities Emergency Services. “Idella deals with thousands of odds and ends that land in her little corner of the warehouse.” 

With the exception of clothing and other household items donated to the clothing program, Munzer tracks everything from diapers, to jewelry, to little bottles of shampoo, to toys, school supplies, books, etc.

“Idella is well respected by both staff and peers. She has a wonderful group of friends that show up once a year to help with the Back to School project,” Stolpman says. “She has involved her daughters and now her granddaughter in her work with us. 

“Catholic Charities is often contacted to provide service learning projects for groups of middle and junior high students. Idella is always willing to take a group of youngsters and guide them through a set of tasks. The youngsters end up knowing they did something meaningful and that feels good,” Stolpman says.

            Started in 1931, Beta Sigma Phi is an international organization for woman that focuses on local and national philanthropic, cultural and social activities. There are three chapters in the St. Cloud area.