Ginger Vann, past president of the Rotary Club of Baker and assistant governor for Rotary District 6200 Region III, was honored Oct. 7 by Rotary International as a Rotary Woman of Action for her exemplary dedication to improving the lives of others, club officials said.
Vann was one of 10 Rotary Women of Action who were honored for donating their time, talents and expertise to help thousands of people in need, a news release said.
Region III includes clubs in Baker, Baton Rouge-Capital City, False River-New Roads, St. Francisville and Zachary.
Vann said the Women of Action honorees were nominated from the 136 district governors in the U.S.
The nominations were sent to the directors of Rotary International and “whittled down” to about 30 women whose names were then submitted to the White House for the final selection, the release said.
The White House invited the humanitarian service organization members to visit as part of the annual Rotary Day in Washington, D.C.
The event included administration speakers and a look at the lasting improvements the honorees have made in the lives and communities they serve, the release said.
“Since moving to Baker, Ginger has made significant contributions to the betterment of our city,” Baker Mayor Harold Rideau said. “She has worked tirelessly in our schools, organizes our local Baker Buffalo Festival that benefits the schools and has been an integral part of the committee to create our workforce development program.”
The Baker Workforce Development Program provides certified industrial craft training to residents in East Baton Rouge and surrounding parishes. The focus of the program is not only to train individuals but to teach professionalism and help find high-paying jobs for those unemployed or underemployed, veterans and women.
Vann also headed up a Rotary project to help Baker students pass the LEAP test, and the Rotary Club of Baker renovated an unusable three-classroom building to be used for an in-school tutoring program.
With $20,000 donated by Baker Rotary, Vann developed and oversaw the Soar to Success tutoring program and hired two tutors who provided remediation to about 50 approaching-basic fourth-grade students, Baker Rotarian and past President John Olin Brown said.
“Rotary’s Women of Action exemplify our motto: Service Above Self,” Rotary International President Gary C.K. Huang said.
“With the help of the White House, we are shining the spotlight on their inspirational service to humanity.”
The “Women of Action” visit was coordinated by Jane Lawicki, Rotary International manager of communications and marketing, in conjunction with White House staff.