A Kearns woman was honored Saturday for many hours of volunteer work for the community, numerous service organizations and the Utah Democratic Party.
Helen James was presented the Lucybeth Rampton Memorial Award during the Utah Federation of Democratic Women convention in the Doubletree Hotel.The award is named after Utah's former first lady, who along with Jean Taylor, former federation president, made the presentation.
In a citation, Taylor said James, wife of State Rep. Arlo James, became involved as a volunteer soon after she was married and living in Kearns, a community that at the time needed street lights, sidewalks, stop signs and a fire station.
"Helen's first activity was to place a second mortgage on her new home to buy property for a Little
League ballpark. She did this because Kearns had no place to organize Little League ball for the boys, even though she had no boys of her own," Taylor said.
James also was commended for her door-to-door efforts in soliciting funds for a library, a fire station and a paramedic program, for promoting a bond for sidewalks, for 17 years of PTA work and for her church service.
She has campaigned for her husband and other political candidates, has been active in what is now the Utah federation and the Women's Legislative Council. Also, she was a director of The Children's Center, Cancer Society and Salt Lake County Community Development Funding Advisory Committee.