4th Annual Dreamers & Doers Luncheon

Saturday, March 13 the Green Bay Branch of American Association of University Women (AAUW) helped their 4th Annual Dreamers and Doers Award Luncheon at Heritage Hill State Park.

Mary Ann Berger, Red Cross Volunteer, where among the six area women nominated for this award. The award recognizes contemporary women in Brown County who have demonstrated achievement, sustained leadership and shared their unique talents to make our community a better place in which to live.

Mary Ann Berger was nominated by Volunteer Director, Jody Weyers for her passion for advocacy to bring about healthy change for our community. For the past 12 years, Mary Ann worked together with the Brown County Tobacco Free coalition to make Wisconsin restaurants and taverns smoke free. On July 5, 2010, state law will make all work places smoke free. Mary Ann consistently volunteers 20-25 hours a month at the American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter in the blood center and at area blood drives. She is a 40 gallon blood donor. Her wealth of knowledge and passion regarding health issues makes her an effective spokesperson for the American Red Cross.

The overall award winner was Maria Hinton, Oneida Cultural Leader and Linguist. Maria has provided vision and leadership in preserving the Oneida Language for over forty years. She was a central contributor to the 665 page publication An Oneida Dictionary in 1997. At age 99, Maria is currently completing a web-based searchable Oneida Dictionary by recording the correct pronunciation of over 34,000 Oneida words so that the spoken Oneida language will be preserved. Maria graduated cum laude from the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay at the age of 69. She is co-founder of the Oneida Turtle School and has developed curriculum and trained teachers for the school.

The other nominations included: Jeanne Agneessens, Tracy Arndt, Joyce McCollum and Lucinda Roberts.

Congratulations to all the women honored at today’s event!

(left-right) Tracy B. Arndt, Lucinda Roberts, Mary Ann Berger, Joyce McCollum, Jeanne Agnessens, and Maria Hinton. (seated)