Northland Women Honored At Leadership Luncheon

By KBJR News 1

November 17, 2010 Updated Nov 17, 2010 at 8:15 PM CDT

Posted by Melissa Burlaga

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter)For the past few weeks, we've been bringing you the stories of this year's Women in Leadership Award winners.

Wednesday, all ten gathered to be honored for past work and challenged to do more work.

Dave Anderson tells us how.

Cookie Kari is one of the community leaders in Proctor.

She helps with the chamber of commerce, the tourism board and the Hoghead Festival.

Her volunteer work is part community pride and part sibling rivalry.

"I'm the youngest of a family of eight and I've had a lot of community ties with churches, nieces and nephews, friends so I feel it's important to keep that community going."

That attitude earned Kari one of this year's ten Women In Leadership Awards.

On Wednesday, she joined the other nine recipients for a luncheon in their honor.

It's an honor for the Northland's News Center to pay tribute to the ten.

"All the unpaid hours they work we notice that and we're glad to have them here in the Northland."

The winners all had key words attached to their biographies that their nominators used to describe them.

Cookie Kari's is inspiration.

Jinell Abernethy is giving.

Suzie Best has humility.

Karen Diver is gracious.

Evdoxia Gerogeorge is a teacher.

Anna Gybina has motivation.

Debbie Isabell Nelson is amazing.

Stephanie LaFleur has positivity.

Kim Lind shows compassion.

Suzanne Olson is awesome.

The News Center gets about sixty nominations for the award every year.

It is hard to narrow them down to just ten.

"There are so many women that give so much of themselves to their community that it's a blessing to have them here."

The luncheon's keynote speaker was previous award winner Jodi Stauber of the Air Guard.

Another guest speaker was Duluth mayor Don Ness who asked the assembled community activists to get active to help the sixty people displaced by the Kozy Bar fire.

The Women in Leadership Winners vowed to help.

"If all of us do what we can do even in small portions it will help us to succeed."