Cristina Janney

Wellington Daily News

Jane Cole is everywhere in Wellington. Her little hot pink golf cart is parked downtown most days.

Cole, an active volunteer in Chamber events and many other causes, was given the Distinguished Service Award at the Wellington Chamber of Commerce dinner Friday night.

The video that announced Cole described her as a humble and selfless person, who has made contributions to community in the areas of civics, service and economics. She looks after the city and all who live here.

“She has done more things for this community than I can remember to tell you,” Jill DeJarnett, her sister, said.

Cole is a member of the Lions Club, an ardent Crusader and Knight supporter, Wellington Heat fan, member of the Economic Development Board, Chamber Ambassador an avid volunteer for Operation Holiday.

Cole buys gifts all year with her own money to make sure children who are less fortunate have gifts under the tree at Christmas.

Tracy Heath, Wellington Police Chief, said Cole told him she had his back. He said he was at a call one day and he looked down the street and there was Jane was sitting in her pink golf cart. She later texted him “I have your back.”

“How many people in law enforcement can really say that someone has their back? I know if something would happen, Jane would be there,” Heath said.

Michael Nelson, Cole’s pastor, described Jane’s dedication to service.

“She is a tireless servant. She gives her time, she gives her money, she gives her energy, she gives her laughter. Jane simply gives to this community,” Nelson said.

He said she was dedicated to her community and her Lord.

“She exhibits Jesus wherever yes goes, and I don’t know anyone in Wellington who does that more than Jane.”

It might be helping someone who has been in an accident or finding a lost pet, Jane gives freely to all, DeJarnett said.

“If you need her, she will be there,” her sister said. “It does not matter if you are her best friend or someone that she randomly knows, she will be there for you.”

Cole had few words when she was surprised with the award.

“This will be the shortest acceptance speech ever, because I hate standing in front of you all,” she said. “It is truly a great city we have, and we have a lot of great things to do. Obviously it doesn’t take a lot to do those things because I am doing them.”

In addition to the Distinguished Service Award, Kevin Cooper, local CPA, was awarded the Young Professional of Year Award.

Lindal Nelson and Linda Chase, ag and technical educator, were awarded Presidential Promoter Awards.