Jasper Rotary Announces 2015 Athena Award® Finalists

JASPER (Local Sources) – The Rotary Club of Jasper, host of the fourth annual ATHENA International Leadership Award® presentation in Dubois County, has announced this year’s five finalists.

The finalists are Phyllis Ackerman, Darla Blazey, Julie Dutchess, Nancy Eckerle, and Ann Knies. The event will be held at the Huntingburg Event Center on Thursday, August 20, 2015, beginning with cocktails at 6:00 p.m. with Linda White, President and CEO of the Deaconess Health System, as the keynote speaker. Ms. White is also an ATHENA recipient, having garnered the 2001 Evansville award. The dinner will begin at 6:30 pm.

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

What Mertz conceived more than a quarter-century ago is now a global movement. Since the program’s inception, more than 7,000 awards have been presented in over 500 communities in 8 countries. In a recent ATHENA International Leadership Conference, Martha noted: “Think about Rosa Parks, who from the authenticity of her core, refused once again, to go to the back of the bus. Consider Mother Theresa who expressed her leadership by the touch of her hand, by the healing of her voice, by the power of her presence—always giving hope. These are but two examples, albeit great examples, of women’s ways of leading that have changed the world.”

The Rotary Club of 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 Electronics, and Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center are platinum sponsors of this event. Ackerman Oil Company, Kimball International, MasterBrand Cabinets, Matrix Integration, OFS Brands, Springs Valley Bank & Trust Company, and Stens are gold sponsors, and the Dubois County Democrat Party, Family Foot & Ankle Care of Jasper-Dr. Timothy Barry, Farbest Foods, Freedom Bank, Indiana Furniture, Jasper Engines & Transmissions, Jasper Group, OFS Brands, Old National Bank, SERVUS, 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