An important player at one of the county’s most successful non-profit organizations was honored Tuesday for her leadership by the Women’s Division of the Leavenworth-Lansing Area Chamber of Commerce.
Ann Soby, the director of operations for the Command and General Staff College Foundation, was awarded the 26th Athena Award by the Women’s Division of the Chamber. The award is given each year to an outstanding female leader from the Leavenworth community.
Soby said while she knew she had been nominated for the award, she was taken aback a little by the fact that she had won.
“There’s probably a lot of ladies that were competing for this and were more qualified than I am,” she said. “But I’m greatly honored.”
In her introduction of the awardee, Chamber Women’s Division President Sunshine Petrone said Soby had distinguished herself.
“Much of the successes (the staff at the foundation) enjoy are due to the efforts, energy and hard work of today’s recipient,” Petrone said.
Soby serves as the primary liaison between the college and the foundation, and following her promotion from office manager, works to organize one-time and ongoing CGSC Foundation programs like the annual golf tournament, the national security roundtable, ehtics symposium and family support programs. Soby is also the current president of the city council of Beta Sigma Phi sorority, serves as a Eucharistic minister at St. Francis DeSales Church in Lansing, hosted an international military family through the Chamber’s Operation International and serves as a member and reporter for the Chamber’s Military Affairs committee.
Retired Col. Bob Ulin, co-founder and chief executive officer at the CGSC Foundation, said the leaders at the foundation wanted to nominate Soby for the award. Ulin said Soby quickly and dillgently completes the tasks given to her.
“She’s basically taken over areas that previously I would have to handle myself,” he said. “And she’s on automatic pilot — she knows what to do, she’s focused.”
It’s how depsite a small staff, the CGSC Foundation is able to remain among the most successful such organizations in the county. But Soby said she thought there was plenty of credit to go around.
“I want to thank each and every one of you for this honor,” she said. “Hopefully, I can live up to it.”