Rotary seeks ATHENA nominations

By Herald Staff

JASPER — The Rotary Club of Jasper will host its 10th annual ATHENA International Leadership Award presentation at the Huntingburg Event Center on Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m. Please save the date and help elebrate more women in leadership throughout Dubois County.

The rotary is now accepting nominations from the community. To nominate someone you think deserves to be honored, download the nomination packet with instructions from the club's website at and click on the link titled “2021 ATHENA Award.” You may also request a nomination packet by calling Rotarian Joyce Fleck at 812-630-8754 or by sending an email to Please return the nomination form by Monday, May 17, 2021.

This year’s keynote speaker will be Kristie Juster, CEO of Kimball International. Kristie joined Kimball International as CEO in 2018 after serving on their Board of Directors for two years. Kristie is the first female CEO in the history of Kimball International.

The rotar club's Platinum sponsors for the 2021 ATHENA Leadership Award event include German American, Kimball Electronics, Kimball International, MasterBrand Cabinets and Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center. Sponsorships are still available for Gold, Silver and Bronze by calling rotary member Dianna Land at 812-639-3413.

Founded in 1982 by Martha Mayhood 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.

Rotary is an organization of business and professional leaders united worldwide to provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all locations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world. In more than 162 countries worldwide, approximately 1.2 million Rotarians belong to more than 35,000 rotary clubs. These groups meet weekly and are nonpolitical, nonreligious, and open to all cultures, races, and creeds. The main objective of Rotary is service - in the community, in the workplace, and throughout the world.

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