Friday, June 10, 2011
During a ceremony in late May, I had the honor of being awarded the 2011 Soroptomist Ruby Award. Judy Shaffer a member of the Kalispell Sorptomist stopped by my office earlier in the spring to share that she had nominated me and that I had been selected as the recipient. Needless to say, I was very surprised and a bit overwhelmed. During my acceptance speech preparation, I took the time to ponder the evolution of the Magazine and the Foundation.
Montana Woman Magazine has been in publication for sixteen years. I am so proud of the growth that has blessed the Magazine. June marks our 200th issue! As publisher for the past ten years, I can tell you it has been a heck of an adventure! I have met some of the most inspiring women – women making a difference in both big and small ways. Montana Woman Magazine continues to grow and be a positive resource for women throughout Montana. I KNOW how fortunate I am to have a job I love and to be surrounded by a circle of caring staff, talented contributors, supportive advertisers and loyal readers.
Over the years, the Magazine has brought spectacular women into my life. These women have become friends, mentors, and family and have helped form The Montana Woman Foundation. The Foundation sponsors several fundraising events that make it possible to provide scholarships to deserving women, and also offer educational workshops on a variety of topics for the entire community. These events provide a wonderful opportunity for networking and for promoting a circle of giving. I feel extremely blessed to have a dedicated board of directors (past and present) that share a common goal to provide a resource that extends a hand of support, encouragement and nurturing to women striving to reach their goals, lead positive lives and be contributing members of their communities. These women realize that they could not have achieved their goals without the mentoring and support of other strong women – they want to provide the same opportunities for others.
I humbly accepted the award on behalf of many friends, family, associates, and community members who help me live my dream. I know that I have not traveled this path alone. It is by the grace of God and the love of a supportive man that I am able to continue my personal and professional growth. I truly feel as though I have received so much more than I have given – or ever could give.
With Sincere Gratitude,