Former teacher Sharon Robbins was named the 2006 recipient of the
Chesterton/Duneland Chamber of Commerce Senior Award at Friday’s awards
Robbins, a retired communications teacher from Chesterton High School,
taught for 28 years and has retired to “a very busy and productive life,”
said presenter Jane Walsh-Brown.
Robbins has served on the Westchester Public Library Board of Trustees since
1997. In addition to terms as library board president, she has shared her
personal expertise and experience, giving book reviews, leading a young
adult book group, a Junior Great Books Group and by teaching beginning and
intermediate bridge to hundreds of local residents.
Robbins also volunteered, helping the library through its financial crisis
from 2002-2004, serving as a weekly volunteer in the Reference Department.
Robbins has also volunteered with the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore as a
house docent and school guide at Chellberg Farm and as a volunteer at the
Visitor Center Information Desk.
Robbins was an enthusiastic supporter of the lease by the WPL of the Brown
Mansion and served on the Citizen’s Advisory Committee for the Duneland
School Corporation’s restoration of the historic structure.
“With my own office now in the Brown Mansion, I have a profound appreciation
for the wonderful job that Sharon’s committee and the school corporation
did,” said Walsh-Brown.
Robbins’ service to her community is “distinguished by her warm and gracious
public service, her infectious enthusiasm for new ideas, positive approach
to problem solving and her steadfast and long-term dedication to the
organizations for which she volunteers,” Walsh-Brown added.
“On behalf of the Chesterton/Duneland Chamber of Commerce and the members of
our community, I would like to thank Sharon for her service and to present
her with the 2006 Senior Service Award.”