Posted: 12:00 a.m. Wednesday, March 27, 2013


Woman volunteers with Sugar Maple Festival


Woman volunteers with Sugar Maple Festival photo
Nikki Kosins

By Diana Blowers

Contributing Writer


Bellbrook’s annual Sugar Maple Festival wouldn’t happen without dedicated volunteers and one of the volunteers behind this year’s April 20-21 event is Nikki Kosins.

Kosins, a 1995 Bellbrook High School graduate, married her high school sweetheart, Bobby Kosins. They are now raising their three children in the community.

“I was interested in getting involved in our community. My husband, Bobby, and I are very proud of our hometown and the lifelong friendships we have sustained,” she said. “We love helping the community when we can.”

How she got involved in the festival: “I had a few friends involved with the festival and, in 2009, they asked me to join the committee and I, of course, said yes.”

The festival is just one of the stay-at-home mom’s volunteer efforts.

“I volunteer because I feel the need to help everyone. It’s hard for me to say no when a program will be cut because there are no leaders or there is no book fair because no one will step up to run it or we need to earn money for a sports program and they need a leader. I want the kids to have every opportunity they can possibly have and, if I can help out, I certainly will.”

What she does: “My main jobs for the festival are to book the entertainment for the weekend and to judge the Sugar Maple Sweetheart contest. I also help out the children’s tent and help with parade contacts. I help wherever help is needed.”

The most satisfying part: “The best part of volunteering is getting to know people in the community, both young and old. It is rare that I go out to the grocery or to run errands around town and don’t see someone that I know or recognize … The best rewards are the new friendships that I have made and feeling like I made a difference. “

Why she would urge others to volunteer: “Everyone needs help sometime. If you give back to your community, it will give back to you some day when you aren’t expecting it and it’s the greatest feeling in the world.”

For more information on the festival and volunteer positions, email or call (937) 848-4930.


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