Steinbrecher 2002 Athena Award winner
Former Glenwood Springs City Councilwoman and community activist Mary Steinbrecher was named the 2002 recipient of the Athena Award on Wednesday.”Mary has been called a professional volunteer and a CEO without a company whose whole cause is our community,” said Martha Cochran, the 2001 Athena winner, in presenting the award.Steinbrecher’s honors came during the 15th annual Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association awards luncheon, held at the Hotel Colorado.The luncheon opened with a “Then and Now” video about Glenwood Springs produced by videographer Chris Tribble, which featured wonderful old footage and a lengthy segment on the Olympic Torch Relay as it passed through the city Feb. 2.It closed with the message, “Our unity creates community.”During the luncheon, the Glenwood Springs High School DECA Club named Steve and April Carver, owners of the Hotel Denver, as Entrepreneurs of the Year.And Chamber Ambassador Carl Ciani presented the Chamber’s Top Brass Awards to 15 businesses and organizations and to five individuals.The event also marked a second round of recognition for the Chamber’s Small and Large Philanthropic Businesses of the Year, Glenwood Automotive Group and Valley View Hospital.Steinbrecher’s resume is a long list of volunteer efforts, but her passion for making Glenwood Springs a better place to live and her devotion to the Center for the Arts and the Community Center made her a standout.”Mary has the ability to set a vision, to articulate meaning to that vision and to form the stakeholders around a common purpose to get things done,” said Jan Shugart, another past Athena winner.”Mary’s always been on a mission,” Shugart said, winning a laugh from Steinbrecher’s friends in the luncheon crowd. “She is eternally optimistic. She never saw anything as insurmountable, if you could break it into little jobs.”Shugart and Cochran hailed Steinbrecher for her tireless work to get the Community Center built.”You have given something to this community that will live on forever,” Shugart said.After collecting bouquets and hugs from her husband, Dr. Jerry Steinbrecher, and their son, Scott, Steinbrecher stepped to the microphone and said she was “very proud and honored” to be an Athena recipient.But she refused to take all the credit for her accomplishments.”You don’t do these things by yourself. It’s the community, it’s your friends and family who support you. And the Community Center wouldn’t have happened without the taxpayers voting for it.”It goes on and on. It takes everyone to make a community,” Steinbrecher said.The DECA Entrepreneur Award was special this year, because DECA student Crystal Carver presented the award to her parents.Carver said the club got 89 nominations for 21 nominees, setting a new record for the award.Steve and April Carver were selected as the winners because they have set a good example of how to grow a healthy business, and because of their honesty, professionalism and fairness, Crystal Carver said.”Thanks a million. This is quite a surprise,” said Steve Carver, who is also a vice president at Dalby Wendland & Co. He called DECA “a great opportunity for kids.”The Top Brass business winners were Alpine Bank, Aspen Glen, Colorado West Broadcasting and KGLN radio, Flower Mart, Glenwood Caverns, Glenwood Springs Golf Club, Glenwood Springs High School DECA Club, Good Health Grocery, Hotel Denver, Mountain View Church, Office Services Unlimited, OutWest Guides, Prince Creek Construction, Schmueser Gordon Meyer Inc., and Safeway.
Top Brass individual winners were Robin Clemons, Glenwood Springs city clerk and leader of the Olympic Torch Committee; Dr. Robert Derkash, new president of the National Orthopedic Association; Howard Jay, named National Distinguished Principal for Colorado; Marti Duprey, a volunteer honored by the U.S. House of Representatives for her contributions to the community; and Peter Sharpe, who started Glenwood Youth Hockey and was influential in building the ice rink at the Community Center.
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