Robyn Roberts Freeman, class of 1973
While at Burke, Robyn had the experience of being coeditor of the Burke Beat her senior year, which motivated her to attend UNL to major in Journalism. However, after several summers of working at the Great Plains Girl Scouts summer camp, she changed her major to Recreation Administration & Outdoor Education which would influence both her paid and volunteer careers in Omaha.
In 1979 she started with Camp Fire Girls and Boys as a staff member coordinating fundraising, public relations, and volunteer management. She eventually became the Outdoor Programming director and for seven years planned and administered outdoor programming for youth. One of the highlights of those years was starting the first oncology camp for children with cancer in Nebraska – Camp CoHoLo – and for 10 years served as their Camp Director and Board President. Other non-profit jobs included Voice for Children and Anti-Defamation League.
In 1991, Robyn took a break to stay home with her three young children and stayed busy with many volunteer experiences and leadership positions often involving fundraising and event planning.
Freeman enjoyed working on the following: Omaha Childrens Museum-Guild Board President & Benefit Chair – 1995-96; Great Plains Girl Scout Leader 1996-2002; Fontenelle Forest Firefly Ball Co-Chair 1997; Dundee PTA Co-President 1998-99; Central High School PEP Auction Co-Chair 2001; Omaha Symphony Table Art Co-Chair 2005; JDRF Benefit Co-Chair 2011; US Figure Skating Championships – Omaha Co-Chair 2013; Childrens Respite Care Center – Guild Board President – 2016-17; Girls INC. For the Girls Luncheon Co-chair
In addition, Robyn served on the Boards and/or Committees of the following organizations: Variety Club of Nebraska, Junior League of Omaha, Omaha Symphony Deb Ball, Children’s Hospital Guild, Landmarks of Omaha, Benson West Mentor, Omaha Summer Arts Festival, Omaha Law League, Lauritzen Gardens Antique & Garden Show, NE Medicine Guild
Robyn and her husband were proud to send their three daughters to OPS schools where they received wonderful educations that prepared them for the real world. These days Robyn enjoys spending a great deal of her time with their four grandchildren.
Robyn loves being a community volunteer in Omaha, as it has enriched her life and was a wonderful continuing education. In her spare time, Robyn enjoy graphics design and creating custom invitations for family and friends!