A Message From The President

Summer 2019

Note from Johanne: I received member requests that the President’s remarks from our Annual Meeting be included in our summer newsletter.  Enjoy!

Thank you.  This is an incredible honor.

Betty, if you could remain on the stage for just a moment. Thank you for your clear vision and leadership as President over this past year.  You have provided us with decades of inspiration from being the first-elected female cabinet member and USF President, your leadership with the Fulbright International Scholarship Fund, and your own Foundation to educate women in East Africa. We are honored that you brought the same level of commitment and energy that has defined your life, to your year as President of Athena.

Together with a wonderful immediate past president in Doretha Edgecomb, as well as an engaged board and committees, you pushed to build our flagship scholarship programs that were aptly chaired by Libby Jenkins, Bemetra Simmons, Denise Jordan and Jane Peppard.  Our monthly programming, chaired by Diane Egner, was robust. You fully embraced this membership’s desire for community action initiatives lead by Kem Toole, Bonnie Carr, Linda Saul-Sena and a long-time devoted Community Action Committee. And our Membership committee lead by Keri Eisenbies and Becca Tieder realized another outstanding slate of new members.

Betty, it’s been a year of forward momentum under your leadership.  From the bottom of our hearts, thank you.

I am excited for the 2019-2020 year ….

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