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The President's Report 2013 - Sievers Family

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Community Service, A Family Affair

Once they started having children, Tim and Tracy Lee Sievers, both Class of 2000, did not put their volunteer work on hold until a more opportune time; they simply rebranded their community service as a “family” activity and took the kids along.

Sievers Family

Well, “simply” may be a stretch, but the pair found a way to serve side-by-side with their children, ages 2, 4, and 6.

“We try to volunteer as a family whenever possible,” says Tracy Lee. “It requires a bit more planning with small ones, but it's worth it to see our children grow up understanding that sharing your time with others matters.”

Tim and Tracy Lee attended Greenville College during the years when Robert “Ish” Smith served as president, a time alumni from that era readily associate with servant leadership.

“Our commitment to service was cultivated at Greenville College,” explains Tracy Lee. “The ‘Divine Servant’ statue was installed during our tenure as students, and Tim served as vice president of Greenville Student Outreach. Serving others was very much a part of the GC culture and we took it to heart so much, that we never once considered anything other than sharing our time.”

The family now resides in Kalsipell, Montanna. In addition to their church, they volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters, First Night Flathead (an alcohol-free New Year's Eve event for families) and The Bigfork Elves, a group that works two Saturdays in November to decorate the town of Bigfork like a Norman Rockwell photograph.

Bigfork Elfing

Previously, when the family resided in Michigan, the Sievers received the Family Volunteer of the Year Award by The United Way of Bay County, Michigan. “That year we had a toddler and a baby,” recalls Tracy Lee, “but we still managed to volunteer together doing everything from visiting the senior homes in our area to making Christmas cards to staining fencing at the YWCA and also for other United Way organizations in the community.”

GNPLike other couples, Tim and Tracy Lee make time for date nights, but perhaps unlike other couples, their date nights often center on service. They have volunteered with their community’s life flight helicopter, Habitat For Humanity, Flathead Area Young Professionals, Phi Sigma Sigma Foundation and the Kalispell Regional Medical Center Foundation. During their first summer in Montana, Tracy Lee spent more than 60 hours working for the National Park Service as a volunteer at Glacier National Park.

“Our time is a gift from God and we are willing to give it freely to the many wonderful organizations in our community,” she reflects. “Family time for us often looks like a group of 5 people working together for others. For us, living a Christ-like life includes getting outside ourselves to care about those around us.”