Who’s Who of Humanitarians and Philanthropists

Karen Balske Tobin

Karen Balske Tobin

Title: Post 147 District 14 Historian

Company: The American Legion

Location:  Fresno, California, United States




  • California Association of Neurologically Handicapped Children (CANHC)
  • California Association of Resource and Special Educators
  • Fresno Pacific College
  • Illinois State University
  • Marine Corps Air Station, Cherry Point, NC (tutor, deaf education, 1974-1976)
  • Pekin High School
  • Projects for Veterans (volunteer)
  • Rodeo (volunteer)
  • The American Legion
  • Toys for Tots, United States Marine Corps (volunteer)
  • United States Army (Direct Mission as First Lieutenant, 1971) (Second Lieutenant)
  • United States Women’s Army Corp Company (executive officer, training officer, 1971-1972)


  • Honoree, Distinguished Worldwide Humanitarian Award (2022, 2021)
  • Inductee, Who’s Who of Professional Women, Marquis Who’s Who (2021)
  • Honoree, Legionnaire of the Year, Cecil Cox Post #147, The American Legion (2017)
  • Winner, Historian Book Contest, Clovis Post 147, Department of California, The American Legion (2016)
  • Winner, State Binder Competition (2016)
  • Recipient, Award for Special Education Service, California Association of Neurologically Handicapped Children (1985)
  • Certificate of Merit, Outstanding Teacher of Special Education Students, Fresno County, CA (1982)
  • Co-author, “Handbook for the Instruction of Remedial Reading Students (1980)
  • National Honor Society, Pekin High School
  • Winner, District Historian Competition

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