Featured volunteer: Abi Jensen
Abigail (Abi) Jensen first stepped foot in the Lake Mansion for one of VSA arts of Nevada’s holiday craft fairs in the winter of 2008. “I found out about VSA at one of the Holiday Art Marts,” Abi remembers. The following July she began to volunteer regularly. She spent many hours in 2009 greeting visitors to the Lake Mansion and keeping the main floor in tip-top shape.
Since then, Abi has become one of the most supportive volunteers for VSAN and has assisted in many tasks and events. She has volunteered as a docent, guiding countless classes of fourth graders through the historic Lake Mansion on tours, cashiered during art fairs, assisted our teaching artists during workshops, and performed clerical work to keep our administrative office organized.
Her talents really shine through when she volunteers to install art exhibits. Abi possesses a keen eye for placing art at our annual Youth Art Month Exhibit, a collection of art work created by students in self-contained classes in the Washoe and Carson City County School Districts. She has installed our permanent Art Access Gallery of artwork created by local artists with disabilities and other exhibits for VSAN around the area.
In her retirement, she keeps very busy even when not volunteering for VSA arts. She travels often to the Bay Area to visit friends and family, attends a book club, performs water exercises at the community pool regularly and watches Wolf Pack games at UNR.
We appreciate Abi and all the time she has donated to us over the years. She has become such a part of the organization and such a valuable part in helping VSAN in our mission to bring the arts to all children and adults of all abilities. We are glad to know such a generous person.
The Robert Z. Hawkins Foundation
You wouldn’t be reading this page without the support of the Robert Z. Hawkins Foundation that funded the development of this new website.
Throughout Northern Nevada, the Robert Z. Hawkins Foundation has made a huge difference in the lives of many. Areas of interest have included: adult social services, animal assistance, civic and cultural, education, law, medicine and science, religion, and youth facilities and programs.
Since 1990, the Robert Z. Hawkins Foundation has been one of VSA Nevada’s generous and respected supporters. The foundation has funded computer equipment, two copiers (1995 and 2007), the move of the Lake Mansion and renovation, tables, tents, a security camera, art supplies, a phone system, frames, and the restroom on the main floor of the Lake Mansion! VSA Nevada board, staff, artists, volunteers and most importantly participants thank the foundation for their interest and support.
Robert Ziemer Hawkins was born in Boulder, Colorado, December 26, 1903, the eldest son of Prince A. Hawkins, Sr. and Myrtle Ziemer Hawkins. From 1908 to 1912 the law firm of which his father was a member, moved its offices from Boulder to Reno and the family settled in Reno in 1910. In 1912, his father built their home at 549 Court Street, overlooking the Truckee River, a colonial residence which later served as the home of the Sierra Nevada Museum of Art.
Robert Z. Hawkins attended Reno High School, Stanford University, Stanford Law School and Harvard Law School. He returned to Reno in 1927 to practice law with his father. The firm name was Hawkins, Rhodes and Hawkins.
In 1939 he married Katherine Mackay, who predeceased him. Later he married Kathryn Ackley, who survived him and died in May, 1990.
Bob Hawkins, in addition to being a fine lawyer, was also an investor with a keen insight. He was the dominant shareholder of Security National Bank of Nevada. Where he served as a member of the Board and was Chairman of the Executive Committee. He also became interested in and acquired several large ranches in the Marysville area where he grew the first commercially successful wild rice grown in California.
Some years prior to his death, he decided to leave the bulk of his estate in trust, for charitable purposes in perpetuity. He died in September, 1979. The Robert Z. Hawkins Foundation was created by his Will.