BARBARA SPRONG; Congressional Record Vol. 155, No. 87
(Extensions of Remarks - June 11, 2009)

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[Extensions of Remarks]
[Pages E1383-E1384]
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                             BARBARA SPRONG


                            HON. SAM GRAVES

                              of missouri

                    in the house of representatives

                        Thursday, June 11, 2009

  Mr. GRAVES. Madam Speaker, I proudly pause to recognize Barbara 
Sprong of Saint Joseph, Missouri. Barbara is active in the community 
and she has been chosen to receive the YWCA Women of Excellence 
Lifetime Achievement Award: Woman in Volunteerism.
  After graduating from Central High School, Barbara received a degree 
in elementary education from Northwest Missouri State University. She 
then moved to Independence, volunteering as a docent to the Harry 
Truman Library, and to the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, and becoming a 
member of the Junior Service League of Independence, the University of 
Kansas City Ambassadors, and the American Association of University 
  Upon returning to Saint Joseph, Barbara worked with Heartland 
Regional Medical Center to develop its first volunteer program, and 
later joined the Board of Directors of Heartland Health, and the 
Heartland Foundation Board. She has served on the Family Guidance 
Center of Behavioral Health Care Board of Directors and the Community 
Living Services Board.
  Barbara helped develop the Missouri Western Ambassadors program, and 
later served on the University's Board of Regents. She served as 
director of the Profit in Education program, and as a member of the 
Saint Joseph School District Foundation Board of Directors. She has 
also supported the United Way, having served on its Board of Directors,

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the Albrecht Kemper Museum of Art, the PEO, and is a member of the 
Wyatt Park Baptist Church.
  Madam Speaker, I proudly ask you to join me in recognizing Barbara 
Sprong. She has made an amazing impact on countless individuals in the 
St. Joseph community. I am honored to represent her in the United 
States Congress.