Shining Star Award: Sharon Hicks has been instrumental in helping our chapter establish solid, financial
leadership. The financial “team” approach is due to Sharon’s Leadership. She helped
establish tighter processes and controls for thrift shop counting committee. She was a
critical resource for the Gift Development & Review committee to introduce the
endowment program. As a member on the National Finance Committee, she mentor
chapters. She is a clear communicator and a strong visionary.
Ada Edwards Laughlin Award: Linda Tell’s talents have been instrumental in building our community.
She is seemingly everywhere, silently supporting our committees with
information and documentation. She is fearless, willing to learn new
software in order to bring our chapter into the modern age of data
management. Her enthusiasm for service and community has
brought in numerous members with varied and interesting
backgrounds. She is the first to raise her hand, will carry more than
her share, never seeks recognition and consistently brings a smile to
the table every meeting.
The Ada Edwards Laughlin Award
Ada Edwards Laughlin was the right hand woman of Ann Banning
and the co-founder of Assistance League. Ada served as Vice
President of Assistance League from its foundation in 1919 until her
retirement in 1948. Those who worked with Ada said that her
qualities of leadership and concise, clear vision were coupled with an
immense ability for detail. Ada Laughlin was happy to stay in the
background. Her quiet contributions and gifts were always behind the
scenes and thoughtfully done. The recipients of this award exemplifie
the core attributes of Ada Edwards Laughlin: Intelligence, detail
oriented, reliable, and enthusiastic. She is a calm, “no problem”, get
the job done type of person.