AMANDA DUPONT SERVICE AWARD
The Amanda DuPont Service Award was established by American Mothers Hawaii Chapter to honor the legacy of a great woman, Amanda Dupont, who, along with her husband, Holbrook DuPont, have extended their heart and hands to literally thousands of people in the world. From Hawaii to Spain, Colombia, Kansas and many other places, Amanda has sacrificed and given and worked hard to bring comfort, cheer and help to others.
The Amanda DuPont Service Award is given to a woman who is an example of motherhood who has strengthened the moral and spiritual foundation of her home and family, and who has given outstanding service to her family and the community of Hawaii.
It is with great pleasure that we announce the 2014 recipient of the Amanda DuPont Service Award goes to: Aurora Fruehling
Aurora Fruehling was born in Honolulu and attended Steven Intermediate and Roosevelt High School. After the war, her relatives needed help to rebuild a school in the Philippines so Aurora’s parents moved back to the Philippines where she graduated from the American School in Manila, Philippines.
Aurora graduated from the UH with a Bachelors degree in Speech and Drama. She earned a Masters degree in Theatre from Northwestern University in Illinois.
Aurora married Royal T. Fruehling, a warm, wonderful and intelligent man. He has worked as a professor at the University of Hawaii for 30 years in the School of Education, teaching anthropology, sociology and social change in Education.
Royal and Aurora have an endowment scholarship in their names for graduate students who are furthering their education in the field of education. Last year they had two scholars, including one from Indonesia, who really needed the financial help to continue their schooling.
Aurora has done volunteer work for years. For the past 20 years, she has served the Hawaii Arts alliance in various capacities and has been Chair, Secretary and on the Board of Directors.
For the past 45 years, she has served with the University of Hawaii Women’s Campus Club and served as president and councilor to promote education, scholarship and fellowship. This organization began 106 years ago.
For the past 23 years, Aurora has volunteered to be the lay member of the Queen’s Medical Center Research and Institutional Review Committee. This requires a lot of reading of policies and procedures to see if policies are good for the patients. In the early years, Aurora would wake up at 5:30 a.m. to take the bus from Manoa to get to Queen’s for these meetings.
Aurora has been a member of the YWCA of the USA and has served on the World Service Council for the past 18 years since 1996. She served on the National Board for 6 years and was a member of many committees. For the YWCA of Oahu, Aurora has held many leadership positions going back to 1976.
She has also served with the Aloha United Way, the American Association of University Women, the KHET Advisory Board, and has served on the Friends of Public Television Board of Directors. She has served two terms as chair of the Honolulu County Committee on the Status of Women.
Aurora has also served on the Community Advisory Board and the Nominating Committee of MADD, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Honolulu Chapter. She served as a Vice President and International Conference delegate for the Pan Pacific and Southeast Asia Women’s Association, and served on the Board of Directors for the Professional Women’s Network.
Aurora has served in many additional capacities over the years.
Most of all, Aurora‘s main devotion has been the service given within in her own home, taking care of her husband and two children. Her son, Everett is a Trademark Attorney in Seattle, Washington and daughter, Christine is a Marketing Assistant with Dr. Martens in Portland, Oregon. She is getting married on Tuesday, April 1!
Aurora was active with the PTA when her children were young and has done all she can to care for her children and guide them throughout their lives.
Aurora and Royal have opened their home to people from all walks of life and have welcomed even the mothers of the international students from Brazil, China, and other countries to their home. They have taken in home stay students from Japan and China. They have friends from all over the world.
Aurora’s warm, energetic personality has reached out to touch the lives of countless number of people as she has extended service and love to all she has met.