Courtesy of Jefferson County School System of Littleton, Colorado - home of Columbine High School:  

    I will pledge to be part of the solution

         I will eliminate taunting and harassing from my own behavior

         I will encourage others to do the same

         I will not let harassing words or actions hurt others

         AND, even if others won't become part of the solution - I WILL!

"The Five Southern Indiana Community Foundations unite each year to honor the Woman Philanthropist of the Year from each of our six counties.  Making a difference where they live and beyond, the 2009 honorees have multiple years of community service, and are truly shining examples of selflessness and initiative.  Our Community Foundations recognize that women are in a position to discover their capacity to transform the world through financial charitable giving and volunteerism.  We hope you are inspired by the outstanding stories of our honorees and have a better understanding of the impact each of us can have in changing the world through philanthropic giving.  Congratulations to our 2009 honorees." 


Cindy Kanning (previous award recipient), Carol Dawson - recipient for Clark County, and Diane Murphy - recipient for Floyd County

Accepting the WIP Award

Rebecca Anne Christensen, Emerging WIP, Clark County


State of Indiana Torchbearer Award


Do something to make a difference in another person’s life!  Starfish Story:

Once upon a time there was a wise man that used to go to the ocean to do his writing. One day he was walking along the shore. As he looked down the beach, he saw a human figure moving like a dancer. He smiled to himself to think of someone dancing on the beach. So he began to walk faster to catch up with this person. As he got closer he saw that it was a young woman and she wasn’t dancing, but instead she was reaching down to the shore, picking up something and very gently throwing it into the ocean. As he got even closer, he called out, “Good Morning, what are you doing?” The young woman paused, looked up and replied, “Throwing starfish back into the ocean.” He asked, “Why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?” She replied, “The sun is up and the tide is going out. If I don’t throw them back in, they will die.” The man was intrigued and 
stated, “But, young lady, don’t you realize that there are miles and miles of beach and starfish are all along it. You can’t possibly make a difference!” She listened politely. Then bent down, picked  up another starfish and threw it back into the sea, past the breaking waves and said, “It made a difference for that one.” We all have the ability. to MAKE A DIFFERENCE
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March is Women's History Month.  The Equal Rights Amendment is yet to be passed.  If you wish to get involved in the passage of the ERA, 
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"Morality cannot be legislated, but behavior can be regulated."

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


The EEOC has released the annual EEO report for Federal Agencies (most current at this time is 2014).  You can view it through the following link:



RESPECTful treatment of all employees at all levels is the most important factor contributing to employee job satisfaction, according to the SHRM Employee Job Satisfaction and Engagement survey.

Other factors ranked as being important to job satisfaction included, in order of importance:

  • Overall compensation and pay
  • Overall benefits
  • Job security
  • Opportunities to use skills and abilities and trust between employees and senior management tied for fifth place among the top contributors to job satisfaction

Dawson’s Note:

Ensure your employees are respectful toward one another by doing these three simple things:

Educate (be sure employees and managers fully understand their obligations, legally and/or ethically, regarding workplace behavior…including anti-harassment laws)
Be sure managers and supervisors emulate the respectful behavior you wish to see throughout the workforce
When problems occur, react immediately and appropriately; take complaints seriously and conduct an investigation into the facts


"Torchbearers are the State of Indiana’s most prestigious recognition of women in Indiana. They are women who have stepped forward as leaders by breaking down barriers to women’s full participation. These women become lasting legacies for us all by overcoming immense challenges with courage, perseverance and compassion.

Recipients were selected from a pool of nominated candidates who have overcome obstacles, made extraordinary contributions or been pioneers throughout their lives. Selection each year is based on the recipients’ demonstrated achievement in the areas of their professional careers, community leadership and/or public service.  These are women who have shown courage and perseverance, have been pioneers, have removed barriers and/or have made a considerable impact to the advancement of women in Indiana."

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Dawson is the Bliss House Committee Past Chair and current Volunteer Communications Specialist for Bliss House and also Center for Lay Ministries Bonnie's Food Pantry ~

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