Editor’s note: This is part of a series of articles spotlighting area volunteers and their organizations. To nominate a volunteer, click here.
There are volunteers, and then there are volunteers like Kim Kroymann.
For many, giving their valuable time to one or two causes is plenty, but Kroymann is what you might call a super volunteer, or a volunteer on steroids.
She is a presence everywhere in North Bryan County. Just about everyone knows and appreciates Kroymann for her volunteer work on numerous boards, clubs, and non-profits.
“This is my community … I want to be part of it. I want to be involved,” she said.
“In my book, Ms. Kroymann is the volunteer of the decade,” said Paul Brooksher, Bryan County Superintendent of Schools. “She has served on my Superintendent’s Advisory Council since its inception in 2012, where she has provided valuable input that has positively impacted Bryan County Schools.”
He went on to call Kroymann “a team-player, who provides high-energy, enthusiastic, open-minded, level-headed leadership and is an advocate for all students, staff, and community.”
Renee Hernandez is executive director of the Downtown Development Authority of Pembroke and said Kroymann has “been a lifesaver for me and the Authority.”
“When we had an opening on the Downtown Development Authority Board at the end of 2018, we assessed groups that the DDA needed to bring into our organization. We realized that we needed a closer relationship with the school system and Kim's name was the first that came to mind,” Hernandez said.
“Since joining the DDA board, Kim has been such an asset. She has strengthened our connections with the school system, has been very hands on in seeing projects and events through, and has brought several great ideas to the table. She is an awesome example of what a community supporter should be,” she added.
In addition to the Superintendent’s Advisory Council and the DDA, Kroymann volunteers with a number of different organizations, including:
· 4-H club.
· Bryan County Football Booster Club -- She organizes the Redskin Football Program each year and helped to raise approximately $10,000 for the booster club through their annual golf tournament.
· Bryan County Drug Free Coalition and Bryan County Opioid Prevention Project.
· Bryan County Family Connection collaborative.
· She also helps with community events such as the Easter Egg Hunt, the Pembroke community yard sale, and Drug Take Back day. She supports the Bryan County High School SADD Youth Club helping with their events and field trips.
On this day, we met Kroymann at Bryan County High School and followed her to the Pembroke Visitors Center where she helped set up tables for a blood drive. Throughout the morning she had a big smile on her face and it was apparent she loves doing what she does.
She’ll be the first to admit that she’s fortunate to have the time to donate, having given up a career in consumer finance to become a stay-at-home wife and mother. Her oldest son, John, is starting college this year at Georgia Southern University, and her other son, Will, is a junior at Bryan County High School.
Kroymann and her husband Shannon came to North Bryan County in 2000 from Selma, Alabama. He works at Gulfstream. The couple could have moved closer to Savannah, but desired to live in a small town like Pembroke.
“When my children started school, I started volunteering at Lanier Primary School (as a substitute teacher),” Kroymann said. “Not being from this area, I didn’t know anyone. I had the idea that if people knew me, they would be a little more concerned about my kids.”
As her sons grew older, Kroymann became active in school council, the PTSO, and was a big athletics booster. Her work at the school led to other organizations.
“I joke, I wasn’t always a Redskin, but I am now,” she said. “This is where my children were born. This is my new hometown.”
It’s gratifying to see good things happening in North Bryan County, Kroymann said, noticing bigger turnouts these days to community events that lead to better fundraising results.
And with that success, Kroymann envisions “stepping back from some of the athletic and booster club responsibilities,” within the next couple of years. But she says she will always stay active with the city.
“The parents that are coming up … it’s their turn (to volunteer),” she added.