Doyle and Joyce Stevens, of Crofton, Nebraska, were recently recognized for countless hours of service to the community during a Modern Woodmen of America event. With the Hometown Heroes Program, Modern Woodmen members can nominate and honor those who make an impact in their hometown.
The Open House, held Sunday, Aug. 27, at the Lewis & Clark Pulley Museum, was a surprise to the Stevens. To a crowd of nearly one hundred, Doyle said, “This is an award for all of you, because everything Joyce and I do, there are 50 people working right along side of us to help.”
Joyce and Doyle Stevens made Crofton their community in the mid-1970s after building a home northeast of Crofton along Highway 81. Joyce is originally from Randolph, Nebraska, and Doyle is from Fordyce, Nebraska. Together they own Doyle Stevens Construction, a family concrete construction business. Joyce is retired from the Yankton Medical Clinic Pharmacy after over 30 years. They have three adult children and nine grandchildren with another on the way.
Stevenses are active in the Crofton Community Club, having served as Co-Presidents for many years. They chair the annual Crofton Cruisin’ Day, CHS Homecoming Parade, and this past year, Joyce was Co-Chair of Crofton’s 125th Anniversary Celebration.
Doyle advises on the committee for the Crofton Community Foundation Fund, a group committed to keeping the community strong and progressive with monies donated staying right in the Crofton area.
Joyce is president of ASHH Toastmasters International Club in Yankton. Toastmasters International is a nonprofit educational organization that operates clubs worldwide for the purpose of helping members improve their communication, public speaking and leadership skills.
Joyce leads many efforts with the American Mothers, a non-profit organization that recognizes the important role of motherhood through educational programs and outreach. American Mothers is responsible for annually selecting the National Mother of the Year from candidates across the United States, for which Joyce was awarded Nebraska Mother of the Year in 2012. Currently, Joyce is the AMI National Secretary, past 3rd Vice President and the Nebraska Mothers Association 5th Grade Essay Chairman.
Joyce and Doyle are active in the St. Rose of Lima Parish in Crofton. Joyce is on the Parish Council and helps organize the Grand Auction for the annual Unity Supper fundraiser supporting the school and parish. Doyle is an usher for weekend masses.
Doyle is a 4th degree Knight of Columbus. He is the District Deputy for the State of Nebraska and former Grand Knight for St. Rose of Lima Council. He is heavily involved in the Knights of Columbus GrillFest, an annual fundraiser for the local council. Doyle is sometimes called the “egg guy” at numerous Knight’s pancake breakfasts. As a 4th degree Knight, Doyle attends memorial services, area parish celebrations, and statewide Knights of Columbus events.
Joyce is pleased to most recently serve on the Board for Crofton’s Main Street Treasures. The thrift store is a non-profit volunteer organization that sells donated merchandise and invests the profits from the store to positively impact lives in the Crofton community.
The Hometown Heroes award was presented by Tammy Matuska and Deb Miller, local representatives for Modern Woodmen of America. As part of the Hometown Heroes Program, members of the Modern Woodmen presented the Stevenses with a certificate and a $100 grant, to be donated to the charitable organization of the honoree’s choice. Stevens chose to donate toward a city beautification bench to be placed near the new Crofton mural and greenspace on Main Street, honoring the past and present Hometown Heroes of Crofton.
“Really good things are happening in Crofton,” says Joyce. “Volunteering is our obligation and duty to our communities, children, and grandchildren. We feel honored to have the support of so many every step of the way.”