Boulder JCC Presents Reflections Volunteer Star, Carol Secor

Reflections is fast approaching and we are so excited to be celebrating the 10th anniversary of our annual gala fundraiser! There are still tickets available (purchase tickets here), so don’t miss out on the party of the year, and a great opportunity to give back to the Boulder JCC.

This year, we are excited to be honoring Volunteer Star, Carol Secor, who has been instrumental in allowing the Jewish community and the JCC to thrive here in Boulder.

Carol was born in Baltimore, MD, and moved to many large cities until her family settled  in Greensboro, NC, and then Detroit MI, halfway through high school. Completing her degree in dental hygiene in Lansing, MI, she moved to Boulder and has been a dental hygienist in the area since her arrival nearly 37 years ago. Carol still enjoys the help she gives her patients in achieving healthy lifestyles.

Carol and Joe recently celebrated 35 years of marriage. In Boulder, they raised their two daughters, Ruth and Aaran, in the same house they have lived for 32 years. Aaran lives in Boulder and Ruth now lives in Israel with Carol’s three loves, her grandsons, Evan, Lev, and Matan.

Carol gives credit to her parents for her strong Jewish roots. Both were active volunteers wherever they lived, in their synagogues and the JCC’s. Carol went to Camp Barney Medintz, the Atlanta JCC camp attended by many Southern Jewish kids. All throughout school in Greensboro and Detroit she was active in BBYO, holding several offices. She attributes her lifelong belief in Tikkun Olam, Jewish education, and giving back to her community to this experience and the forever friends she has made along the way.

Carol has volunteered in many capacities in the Boulder Jewish community, sitting on boards of Menorah, Bonai Shalom, and Rocky Mountain Region BBYO. She has done oral cancer screenings for the Channel 9 Health Fair for 36 years. She has been involved with Reflections since its inception chairing the Tribute Book Committee for the past nine years.

Last year, Carol had the opportunity to see first-hand how spectacular the Jay and Rose Phillips Early Childhood Center is when the school graciously invited her grandchildren to attend after a surgical procedure. It brought normalcy to their lives, and it is a debt Carol and Joe feel they will never be able to repay.

Although she had never traveled to Israel as a child, since 2000 she has been many, many times and participates with Joe, every fall, as a volunteer in the Wheels of Love Bike Ride raising money for the important work ALYN Hospital does for children with disabilities.

Carol has always preferred to be a worker bee for organizations like the JCC. She truly loves working behind the scenes. To quote Leonard Cohen: “May I be frank? I have never been comfortable in the world of honors and rewards. These designations seem to compromise the heart-to- heart intimacy on which my line of work depends. As far as possible, I prefer to operate undercover.”

However, when Jonathan Lev asked Carol to be the volunteer honoree this year, she was truly humbled to say yes.

Check out the other honorees for Reflections 2017. Tomorrow we’ll feature Rising Stars Rachel & Eyal Namordi, and on Sunday, we’ll profile Bright Stars Dodi & Bob Klutznick.

About Michael Rosenzweig

Michael Rosenzweig is the former Marketing Director at the Boulder JCC.

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