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Heather Ennis is Distinguished Woman; Pat Amstutz wins Golden Achievement

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Only six months ago, she was presiding over the Duneland Chamber of Commerce at its annual winter luncheon.

Now she’s the recipient of the Chamber’s most prestigious honor: the Duneland Distinguished Woman Award.

On Wednesday, former Chamber president--and current Northwest Indiana Forum president and CEO--Heather Ennis received a standing ovation at the annual State of the Chamber and Awards Luncheon.

Last year’s winner of the award, Kym Groceman, presented this year’s edition to Ennis, after noting that under Ennis’ tenure Chamber membership increased a whopping 80 percent; a new, more robust website was created; and a slew of exciting events and programming was instituted.

Ennis has also been involved in Duneland Rebuilding Together, the Relay for Life, the Duneland Family YMCA, and the Chesterton First United Methodist Church, Groceman said.

Groceman then presented Ennis with the Duneland Distinguished Woman diamond necklace, designed, fashioned, and donated by Ashley’s Jewelry.

Golden Achievement Award

The winner of this year’s Golden Achievement Award was not only for many years a fifth-grade teacher at Jackson Elementary School. Pat Amstutz is also a “nurturer,” presenter Christy Jarka said, “who truly cares about the education of our future generations.”

In addition to her service in the Duneland Schools, Amstutz has lent her time and energy volunteering at the Duneland Resale Shop and for Meals on Wheels and has been a member of the Chesterton First United Methodist Church for 42 years, where she serves as president of the Chesterton United Methodist Women and belongs to Companions in Christ and the Mary-Rachel Circle.

“Our entire community is richer having Pat teach, live, work, volunteer, and worship among us,” Jarka said.


Posted 7/24/2014