Good Deeds: Derby volunteer learned from her mom

Betty Wilken’s mother taught her to volunteer.

“My mom is 85 and has volunteered all her life,” Wilken said. “I volunteered in high school, and I took on a Girl Scout troop in Derby when my son was 2 and I was pregnant with my daughter. That was 45 years ago.

“The thing is, I like being out among people and doing things for others.”

She is the program director for the Rotary Club of Derby, a past member of the Derby Public Library Board and is treasurer of the Derby Friends of the Library group. She is a weekly volunteer at the Derby Senior Center and is the chair of the Derby Community Foundation. She also volunteers in the library of The Opportunity Project South.

“When Betty Wilken attends a community meeting, she is always asked what organization she is representing at that time because she has leadership roles in so many Derby community groups,” Theresa Hern, executive director of the Derby Community Foundation, wrote in an e-mail to The Eagle. “She is a born leader.”

Wilken, 65, is a retired mortgage loan officer.

“I like staying busy,” she said.

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