2017 – Betty Hartman

Elizabeth “Betty” Hartman, a member of Lodge 138 in Strabane, Pa. She is the daughter of Paul and Mary Jo Hartman (138), and the granddaughter of the late Joseph “Mooney” and Rose Germovsek (138), and Ruth and the late Herbert Hartman.

Betty will be starting her junior year at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania where she is a mid-level science and social studies major with a minor in special education. She is a Presidential Honor Scholar who has been on the Dean’s List throughout her freshman and sophomore years, and she currently serves as a resident advisor. Betty is active in the Council for Exceptional Children, serving on the committee for Dancing for a Difference. She also volunteers at the ESO dances for adults with disabilities.

Betty is the treasurer of the Middle Level and Secondary Education Club. She is a sister of Alpha Sigma Alpha, which volunteers in numerous philanthropic endeavors, and she performs with Edinboro University’s vocal chorale. Betty was also chosen to be a staff member at the Ready for Life
Scholastic Center in Erie, Pa., where she tutored underprivileged students from local schools. Betty also worked with life skills students at Meadville middle and high schools. While there, she was on the committee that planned a prom for the life skill students.

Betty is a graduate of Bethel Park High School, where she was a member of the National Honor Society, Top 21 Vocal Group, concert choir, the annual spring musical, and served as president of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA). Betty was a girl scout for 13 years before bridging to adult membership. She earned Bronze and Silver Girl Scout Awards by fulfilling many community service hours. Through Girl Scouts, she participated in community cleanups, food collections for the Pittsburgh Food Bank and Presents for Patients, and was her troop’s lead contributor for Project Linus Preemie Cap. She’s also a six-year volunteer as a day camp unit and song leader.

Betty was a nine-year member of the Junior Tamburitzans of the South Hills, serving as a lead vocalist for several years. She had the opportunity
to learn and perform not only the traditional songs of Slovenia, but of many other Eastern European nations. Betty is still very involved with the group, and for the past two years she has served as the emcee for their annual concert.

Betty is proud to be a fourth generation SNPJ member. She has been active since early childhood through Youth Circle 19 Christmas pageants, Easter and Halloween parties, and by representing Lodge 138 in the local Fourth of July parade. Betty has happy memories of performing for the Slovenian ambassador with the Circle 19 Singers. She also bowled in the Youth Circle league and participated in SNPJ Family Twosome Bowling Tournaments.

On the national level, Betty has attended Youth Roundup, the TEL Workshop and the Young Adult Conference. She has been happy to give back and serve as a Youth Roundup counselor for the past two years, and was proud to lead this year’s Youth Roundup alongside her sister. She will also serve her second year as a TEL counselor this August. Betty is honored to be serving as Miss Activity 2016, and is looking forward to another wonderful pageant weekend at the SNPJ Recreation Center ; Slovenefest is one of her favorite times of the year.