Rotary announces ATHENA award finalists

By Herald Staff

JASPER — The Rotary Club of Jasper, hosting its ninth annual ATHENA International Leadership Award presentation in Dubois County, has announced this year’s six finalists. They are Kelly Clauss, Becky Hickman, Norma Kress, Sarah Leonard, Somula (Sam) Schwoeppe and Marsha Shepherd.

The event will be held at the Huntingburg Event Center at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 19, with Kimball International CEO Kristi Juster as the keynote speaker. The dinner will begin at 6:30 pm.

German American, Kimball Electronics, Kimball International, MasterBrand Cabinets, and Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center are platinum sponsors of this event. The Rotary is starting to gather Gold, Silver and Bronze level sponsors. Single admission tickets are also available for purchase. Currently Springs Valley Bank & Trust Company is a Gold Sponsor and Hoosier Hills Credit Union is a Silver sponsor. Sponsorships are available by calling Dianna Land at 812-639-3413. The Rotary Club of Jasper is coordinating the entire event.

Founded in 1982 by Martha Mertz, ATHENA International is a non-profit organization that seeks to support, develop and honor women leaders. The program inspires women to reach their full potential and strives to create balance in leadership worldwide. Supporting, honoring, and developing women leaders are the foundations of the ATHENA Leadership Model, developed through a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. The model identifies eight distinct attributes that are reflective of women’s contributions to leadership: Authentic Self, Relationships, Giving Back, Collaboration, Courageous Acts, Learning, Fierce Advocacy, and Celebration & Joy. These personal traits combined with the strongest aspects of traditional leadership — taking risks, assertiveness, and hard work — prepare women to be successful leaders in the 21st Century. The Rotary Club of Jasper's six ATHENA finalists are recognized for demonstrating these traits throughout their lives.

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