Pueblo Central Hall of Honor 2014 Inductee

Jody Lane (1951)

Jody Lane graduated from Central in 1951 and has since led a life of public service in various capacities, primarily as an unpaid volunteer. She began that involvement when her two sons joined the City Park Dolphins swim team. She began as a parent volunteer and quickly became the president of the organization from 1961-71. She was responsible for organizing swimming officials, fundraising activities, travel arrangements for out of town meets, and finding pool time for practices during the winter months. She was the person everyone could count on and was an endless supporter for all the kids involved in swimming regardless of what team they swam for.

Jody's passion and commitment for children was appreciated not only at the local level but statewide as well. She served as president of the state AAU swim committee from 1976-78 and received the United States Swimming Outstanding service award in 1985. That same year Jody was inducted into the Greater Pueblo Sports Association Hall of Fame for her years of service to competitive swimming at the local and state level. In 1983 the Pueblo Chieftain recognized her as Sportswoman of the Year due to her continued involvement in promoting and growing competitive swimming.

Swimming was beginning to grow in Pueblo and Jody saw a need for the high schools to have their own indoor pools. She became part of a parent organization that campaigned for a bond issue to build pools at all four District 60 high Schools. During this time it dawned on her to extend her ability to help children. She was elected to District 60's school board in 1979 and served until 1989. During her tenure she served as vice-president, president and was appointed by the Governor to serve on the State Advisory Board for Vocational Education. In addition, she was also selected to serve on the Colorado Association of School Boards and served as vice-president and president of this organization in 1986 and 1987. She also served on the Mellon Foundation Grant steering Committee for the Colorado Department of Education and was a School board representative for the Pueblo Area Council of Governments (PACOG). In 1987 she received the Jess C. Christianson award as Outstanding School Board Member for the State of Colorado in recognition of her years of dedicated service to children.

Today, at the young age of 80, Jody continues in service. She is president of the Altar Guild for the Pueblo Episcopal Church of the Ascension. She lives by the credo, "you can never live a perfect day until you do something for someone who can never repay you." Jody's biggest fault is her inability to say no. She is the person people would call if something needed to be done for children. As Director of Aquatics for the Pueblo Parks and Recreation Department she employed hundreds of teenagers as lifeguards and swim instructors, giving them their first experience in the world of work and guiding them to become responsible citizens.

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