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Martina Navratilova defeated Chris Evert Lloyd at Wimbledon.
Kim Carnes won two Grammy awards — for song of the year and record of the year — with “Bette Davis Eyes.”
And Susanna Jones was the first winner of The Republic’s woman of the year award.
The year was 1982, and women were in the news for significant achievement here around the world, across the nation and right here in Bartholomew County. Three decades later, women still excel in athletics, lead the way in the entertainment industry and earn recognition for outstanding community contributions.
Locally, the nomination deadline for the 31st annual woman of the year is a week from today, with the award to be presented Oct. 23 at Donner Center.
Last year’s Bartholomew County Woman of the Year, Diane Doup of Columbus, will be there. She looks forward to carrying on a tradition of placing a necklace supporting the winner’s medallion around the neck of her successor.
Doup, 40, is best known for her full-time role as community outreach coordinator for the Lincoln-Central Neighborhood Family Center. But her volunteer resume looks like the equivalent of a second full-time job — at least.
Past chairwoman of the Women’s Giving Circle through The Heritage Fund — The Community Foundation of Bartholomew County. Following the one-year leadership position, she still serves on the Giving Circle.
Case manager after the flood in 2008, a member of the Case Management Committee which provided services for 18 months after the natural disaster.
Helping coordinate community holiday meals each year.
Sunday school teacher, youth director and elder at Fairlawn Presbyterian Church.
10-year mentor in the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program.
Reached by phone last week at her office at 10th and Sycamore, I could hear the passion in her voice and quickly sense the enthusiasm she brings to her job and her volunteer activities.
“It’s just been a wonderful experience,” Doup said of being named the 2011 Woman of the Year in Bartholomew County.
“Sometimes folks don’t know what people think about them until their gone,” she added, so the accolades have been nice — but also humbling.
The biggest difference since receiving the award last October?
“Most of all, I’ve been presented other opportunities,” she said.
As if she needed more to do.
Doup has since joined the board of directors for The Heritage Fund — The Community Foundation of Bartholomew County. She’s also been added to the board of Bartholomew County Organizations Active in Disaster, an emergency preparation group, “which we hope will never have to be activated.”
Without the publicity surrounding last fall’s award, “I’m not sure that would have happened,” she said.
Volunteering and providing service to others runs in her genes.
“I am walking in the footsteps of my parents and grandparents,” Doup said. “They taught me the joy of giving. I come from a long line of volunteers, so it became very natural for me to give back to the community. My parents, grandparents, uncles and aunts have all stressed the importance of giving back to the community.”
Doup’s aunt, the late Martha Doup, was Woman of the Year in 1990. Another role model, 2006 Woman of the Year Sandy Oliverio, served as Doup’s 4-H leader for a number of years.
“There are so many neat projects and programs to be involved in. How can you not get excited to help deserving individuals and organizations?”
In her full-time job, she has the opportunity to work with all kinds of individuals in the city’s Census Tract 101, where 70 percent of the population is considered to be low to moderate income.
“It’s enabled me to be involved with PTOs at the schools, athletic programs — supporting kids in positive ways.”
Doup, who was one of the youngest individuals to win Woman of the Year, says getting youthful volunteers isn’t that big of a challenge.
“Finding things that young people are interested in and then giving them opportunities.”
Regardless of economic standing, so many individuals today suffer from time poverty — having work and family schedules that begin before daybreak and end well after the sun goes down.
As a result, it’s difficult for many adults to carve out time for volunteer work.
“It takes some balance,” she acknowledged, but “doing things for other people is fun.”
Doup has written letters of support for several Woman of the Year nominees in the past and encourages others to do the same.
Did I mention that the nomination deadline is just a week away?
“There are so many women in this community who are so deserving, more than me,” she said, asserting that there’s no chance that a pool of deserving recipients will run dry.
“Our community is so fortunate to have so many leaders who are generous with their time sand talents, and that makes us unique as a community,” she said.
Like Doup, I encourage you to nominate a woman you know for this award, which recognizes long-term commitment to the community with an emphasis on hands-on work and diverse involvement.
Tom Jekel is editor of The Republic. His column appears each Sunday. You may reach him by phone at 379-5665 or by email at email@example.com
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