- Published on Tuesday, 24 November 2015 10:13
- Written by Breanna Bright
The Zonta Club of Cape Girardeau held its 11th annual Women of Achievement Luncheon last Friday honoring women who have made great strides in their areas of expertise.
Dr. Erin Rae Fluegge received the 2015 Celebration Award for her work as a professor at Southeast Missouri State University. Well-loved by her students, Dr. Fluegge has worked with other young women in business and communication. She expressed the importance of teachers in her acceptance speech. Dr. Fluegge also earned the title of Mrs. Missouri in 2014.
Several local women were nominated for the 2015 Women of Achievement award. The nominees were made up of doctors, detectives, veterinarians, and government employees, all of whom showed great progress and hard work in their fields. Lynne Karnes won the award for her work as an elementary school teacher.
The 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award was earned by Nancy Steigemeyer. At 88 years old Nancy has devoted her life to the Cape Girardeau Public Library, having served on the library trustees board for several years. In her acceptance speech Nancy expressed her love for Cape Girardeau, and asked the audience to ‘please applaud yourselves.’ It was clear by the standing ovation that all the applause was for her.
These recipients are women who have excelled in their careers. Club President Casey Crowell said that the ceremony takes place to honor those who advance the status of women everywhere. The Zonta Club is an international organization that focuses on the advancement of women all over the world. The Cape Zonta performs mission work in Hayti to provide medical and educational services to residents there. Two more mission trips have been set for 2016 thanks to the volunteers and donations the club receives.
View the event photos here.