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Volunteer of The Year- Manson Myles

April 11, 2012
By Abra Endsley of Junior Achievement Bluegrass



"I was born in Bethesda Maryland and adopted at 6 months of age by John & Daisy Myles.  Was the second edition to their family, the first was my sister Matrona.  Both of my parents were educators in the Maryland school system, My father was a principal at Gwynn Park Jr & Sr. High and my mother was a teacher at Sligo Jr. High.  They both retired from the school system after 33 years of service but always emphasized the importance of giving back to the community.  I attend St. John's College HS ( A military Academy) and Graduated from Hampton Institute in Virginia with a degree in Physics.    I entered the military after graduating and served 6 years in the U.S. Army as a Military Intelligence Officer.  Upon leaving the Army as a Captain, I began to pursue a career utilizing my talents and degree.  I worked to Corning Inc. in Wilmington NC as a Senior Process/Project Engineer and cooperate troubleshooter.  After 14 years with Corning I switched career and went to work for Diamler-Chrysler in St. Louis Missouri in the Truck Division until I received a call 5 years later to work for Toyota Motor Manufacturing in Kentucky where I am currently employed.  Along the way I married Lynda Colvin, my wife of 22 years.  We have three daughters Denise, Tiana and Mikka and 4 grandchildren.  

Early in my career at Toyota I was told about Junior Achievement.  A program that utilized volunteers to teach the youth in our community various curriculum and help prepare them for the future.  Hearing about this program, I began to think about all the lessons my parents taught me.  I remembered all the events that my parents volunteered for and support with their time and money.  I remember I father explaining to me what a charitable event was and why he supports various activities.  I remember the passion my parents had for teaching and admiration of thousands of students who greeted them at various social events.    Most of all I remember my parents telling me to always give back to the community that had given so much to make me the person I am today.  I saw Junior Achievement as a means of serving my community, giving something back that was more valuable than money and would impact a child for the rest of their lives.  It also gives me a chance to interface with today’s young men and women and gain some insight into their way of thinking, their wants and needs.  This information can then be feedback to Toyota so that as a Company we can best determine how to serve the community."

Thanks to people like Manson Myles, Junior Achievement of the Bluegrass empowers young people to own their economic success.  JA of the Bluegrass is grateful for each and every one of our volunteers.  If you would like to volunteer, please contact Ron Wigglesworth at 859-219-2423 or ron@jalexington.org  


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