Copy of rotaryFrom Michael A. Jones/Jasper Rotary Club

JASPER, IN – The Rotary Club of Jasper, host of the third annual ATHENA International Leadership Award® presentation in Dubois County, has announced this year’s eight finalists. The finalists are Juanita Boehm, Judi Brown, Jan Dougan, Sue Habig, Donna Oeding, Hannah Sitzman, Brenda Sermersheim, and Kathy Tretter. The event will be held at the Huntingburg Event Center on Thursday, August 21, 2014, beginning at 6:00 p.m. with Leah Curry, Vice President of Manufacturing at Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Indiana,as the keynote speaker.

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 oftheATHENA 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, hard work—prepare women to be successful leaders in the 21st Century. These eight women are recognized for demonstrating these characteristics in their lives.

Since the program’s inception, more than 6,500 awards have been presented to exemplary female leaders in over 500communities in the United States, Canada, China, Russia, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom. The Rotary Club Jasper decided that honoring a local woman leader would be a perfect fit with the ATHENA® Mission of “supporting, developing and honoring women leaders while inspiring women to achieve their full potential while creating balance in leadership worldwide!”

German American, Kimball International, MasterBrand Cabinets, andMemorial Hospital and Health Care Center are platinum sponsors of this event. Matrix Integration and Springs Valley Bank & Trust are gold sponsors, and BR Associates, the Dubois County Democrat Party, Family Foot & Ankle Care of Jasper-Dr. Timothy Barry, Freedom Bank, Jasper Engines & Transmissions, Jasper Group, OFS Brands, Old National Bank, the Town of Ferdinand/Ferdinand Chamber of Commerce, Vincennes University Jasper Campus, WITZ, & WBDC are premium sponsors. The Rotary Club of Jasper is coordinating the entire event.

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 30,000 rotary clubs.  The 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.  For more information go to: www.rotary.org

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