Josephine Auner Barnes

Honored by:Annie Barnes Braland, Susan Barnes Kelley and Thomas Barnes
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The Reverend Dr. Josephine Auner Barnes

Josephine Auner Barnes was born in Algona, Iowa on February 28, 1925. She later moved to Des Moines in 1933. After graduating from St. Katherine's Episcopal School, she earned a B.A. in English Literature with a minor in philosophy, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Doctor of Ministry.

Jo has been active as a volunteer in numerous organizations related to health welfare and human development. She has worked for the American Junior Red Cross as a Director of Christian Education, as Coordinator of the Des Moines Public Schools volunteer Program, and as Director of Bidwell Riverside Center in Des Moines. She has lived on an active Iowa farm with her husband, Walter C. Barnes, a farmer since their marriage in 1947. They raised three children.

When asked how she became a leader, Jo replied that she had never intentionally set out to become a leader, but had proceeded from one thing to another with one thing building on another, accepting opportunities as they came along. She feels her education gave her skills in organization writing and human relations; and her volunteer work provided opportunities to develop skills in working with people, serving on boards, and understanding budgets and finances. Her volunteer work also provided the opportunity to learn about other social service agencies and resources in the community.

She has been nominated to the Plaza of Heroines for her dedication to all individuals and the development of their potential through her work in the promotion of volunteerism and her service as an ordained minister. The following is an incomplete resume of her varied activities, employment, and areas of service.

804 60th Street
West Des Moines, IA 50266

University of Colorado: B.A. 1946 English Major
Drake University: Master of Divinity 1967
Ordained United Church of Christ 1967
Iowa Methodist Hospital: Clinical Training (CPE) 1967
Association for volunteer Administration- Certified Administrator of Volunteer Services 1977
United Theological Seminary: Doctor of Ministry 1982
St. Paul's School of Theology: Interim Ministry Training 1984

Bidwell Riverside Center: Executive Director 1981-1984
Des Moines Public Schools: Coordinator of volunteer Services 1970-1981
Interim Minister in Five Pastorates 1970-1978
St. Paul's Episcopal Church: Director of Religious Education 1968-1970
Preschool owner and Teacher: 1958
American Junior Red Cross: Director 1947

Southwest Kansas School Administrators
Kansas Reading Teachers
Retired Senior Volunteer Program- Kansas City Missouri
International Reading Association- Iowa State Meeting
Iowa Parent-Teachers Association
Heartland Educational Agency Workshop
Upper Iowa University Education Course Teacher
Des Moines Area Community College Course Instructor
Waterloo Public Schools Workshop

United Way Convalescent Home for Children-President Iowa
Society of Crippled Children and Adults
Multiple Scelrosis of Iowa
Clarinda Mental Association
Polk County Association for Mental Health
United Cerebal Palsy Information and Referral - President
Rape and Sexual Assault Care Center
Retired Senior Volunteer Program
Girl Scouts
Inter Church Forum Communications Consortium - President
Foster Grandparents Program - President Volunteer Services of the United Way
Des Moines Area Religious Council - President Church Women United of Iowa

 Directors of volunteers in Agencies
National School Volunteer Program
Association of Administration of Volunteer Services
Junior League Kappa Alpha Theta
Colonial Dames of America
Daughter of the American Revolution Profesional Women's League
Des Moines Ministersial Association.


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With Courage to Creat A
Positive Vision for Others
With Spirit to Celebrate Life
To Run Ahead of the Wind
With Curiosity to Touch the
Knowledge of the World
With a Gift to Gather the Cast
ff and Give its Potential
Rebirth. She Lives.

The Reverend Dr.
Josephine Aumer Barnes"