Rose Kanusky and her husband, Joe Sheldon, moved into the King William neighborhood in 1997. Rose is a committed volunteer who currently chairs the Transportation/Parking Committee for the KWA. She served as Chair of the King William Fair in 2009, 2008, 2007, and as Assistant Chair 2006. She has also headed up the Beverage Department, served on the Finance Committee, written articles for the newsletter, and still volunteers for the Fair each year. While Fair Chair, Rose worked year-round with an immense time commitment, in addition to her successful career as an attorney at Norton Rose Fulbright. She has always gone above and beyond the normal responsibilities of her volunteer role, including visits to other festivals and fairs to do research, always with an eye out for how the King William Fair can improve its operations.
Rose prepared the way for her successors to manage a successful and prosperous Fair by creating the first operations manual for the 40-year-old event. She spearheaded the efforts that enabled the KWA to hire and put in place the first year-round staff position, creating a more professional and better-organized Fair.
She has taken responsibility for the many departments that are required for operating an event for 40,000+ people, meeting personally with committees from every level of the operations including the Fiesta Commission and various City departments. Rose takes initiative and often sees things that others don’t. She is conscientious in her approach, always trying to find the best way for all involved.
Rose’s efforts have helped to increase the Fair profits the past several years. Through her community outreach she has brought in more corporate support, which has added not only to the financial picture but to the volunteer base as well. This increase has also allowed the KWA to increase its community grants. The dollar amount of scholarship and grant awards grew during her tenure, with beneficiaries ranging from elementary to college students. The increase has also contributed to numerous improvements in community infrastructure, such as tree plantings, new sidewalks, graffiti abatement and upgrading neighborhood parks.
Thank you, Rose, for your years of dedication and commitment to the community where you live!
- Zet Baer