Only six months
ago, she was presiding over the Duneland Chamber of Commerce at its annual
Now she’s the
recipient of the Chamber’s most prestigious honor: the Duneland
Distinguished Woman Award.
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
presented Ennis with the Duneland Distinguished Woman diamond necklace,
designed, fashioned, and donated by Ashley’s Jewelry.
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
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.
community is richer having Pat teach, live, work, volunteer, and worship
among us,” Jarka said.