By BRANDI WATTERS
ANDERSON — For the past 10 years, Pam Coletti has worked in service to others - something she learned from her parents.
“I never remember my parent’s telling anybody ‘no’ when they were asked to help with something and that was a very good example for me as far as being involved with serving others,” she said.
“They always were involved in helping other people,” Coletti said.
Coletti was born in Anderson and graduated from Anderson High School and Ball State University.
She is married with two children. Coletti works as an underwriting adviser for Indiana Public Radio and volunteered for IPR for 10 years.
The 63-year-old Anderson resident was recently honored for her own contributions to the local community.
The Anderson Rotary Club honored Coletti with the Elmo Funk “Ideal of Service” Award.
The award was established in 1969 in celebration of Elmo Funk’s 50 years of service. It was also formed in celebration of the group’s golden anniversary.
Coletti was a natural choice for the award, according to Rotary Club President David Porter.
“She puts 100 percent effort in it. When she says she’ll get something done, she gets it done. She only missed one meeting all year long.”
Porter said Coletti earned the honor during her time as president of the Rotary.
“Last year, she was our club president and she was able to help turn our club back around. We were having a decline in membership. She helped steady the decrease,” Porter said.
Coletti says she believes in the work done by the club.
“One of the things I like most about Rotary is that internationally it has been a strong leader in eradicating polio around the world. We’re also putting emphasis on ending poverty and bringing fresh water to people around the world.”
In recent years, Coletti has helped in many Rotary projects.
“This year, we’re helping a school that’s been adopted with some things. It’s just kind of supporting students with activities. We helped support Coats of Caring and we have helped buy wheelchairs and fire trucks for people in Mexico. What is considered an obsolete fire truck in the U.S. was much more than anything they had in Mexico.”
Though she has been active in the community, Coletti didn’t expect an award.
“I was very surprised. We don’t give that many awards but this is one that we give every year. I’m very honored and humbled that they deemed me worthy of the award.”
“What surprised me most is my husband, Ron, knew about this ahead of time and he really was instrumental. He was the person who pulled the surprise together for me. He invited my daughters and then he invited my parents and brother and sister-in-law. It was wonderful for me that my parents were able to be there.”
Coletti served as the Anderson Symphony Orchestra’s first female executive director and helped plan its move to the Paramount Theatre.
She is currently vice president of the Paramount Theatre Heritage Foundation and is involved in the Mayor’s Commission on Arts and Culture and the Leadership Academy of Madison County. She was a finalist in 2007 for the Athena award and is a Paul Harris Fellow.
For club member Betty Crum, Coletti is more than a great service member.
“She’s the kind of member that you would want as a president. She always thinks through things well,” said Crum. “She’s honest, trustworthy. She’s one of those people that you would love to have as a friend.”
By BRANDI WATTERS