Women Of Equality Honored

August 18, 2003
| By Katy Rent |
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GRAND RAPIDS — The Women’s Resource Center (WRC) will honor two women for their lifetime commitment to improving the quality of life for women in the community.

The presentation comes during the 13th annual Women’s Equality Day Celebration on Sept. 4 at Davenport University..

The recipients of the Equality Awards — to be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Sneden Academic Building — are Jeanne Englehart, a community leader and businesswoman, and Rose Doering, a community advocate at the grassroots level.

Englehart, a former high school drop-out, divorced and penniless, vowed early in life she would not let money limit her personal options. Her story is about taking risks and overcoming personal trauma to become an inspiration to the community.

After earning her GED, taking classes and finding employment at Central Michigan University, she branched into a new field of business at the time, word-processing. Despite knowing nothing about computers when she took her first word-processing job, she learned one step ahead of her students as a computer training coordinator.

Englehart eventually started her own computer training company, Englehart Training Center, which made it to the top of the industry after being franchised by Productivity Point.

After making her mark on the growth and direction of an entire industry and paving the way for women business owners, Englehart sold her share of Productivity Point in 1998.

Today, Englehart works as the community services director for U.S. Representative Vern Ehlers. She is active in many community organizations including the Women’s Resource Center, Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce, Grand Rapids Rotary and the Student Advancement Foundation.

Doering has quietly but persistently worked for more than 30 years to improve the quality of life for seniors and women in the community.

Doering’s professional and volunteer work has been with people on a grass-roots level and her contributions have usually gone unnoticed by the public.

She is a former employee of Senior Neighbors, which included being the director of a senior citizen center as well as an outreach worker who would meet with seniors in their homes and assess their needs. Since she has worked primarily with low-income senior women, who are generally too proud to accept charity, Doering has found a dignified way to link women to the services they need.

Doering retired 10 years ago but she continues her work in the community, helping low-income people with their tax returns at Baxter Community Center. She also serves on the Senior Senate which lobbies the State legislature on senior issues and regularly visits homebound residents of nursing homes.

Women’s Equality Day, a community celebration commemorating women’s right to vote is sponsored by WRC in partnership with Davenport University. Community celebration tickets are $15. Tickets to the special reception with Michigan’s Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land are $100. Tickets and more information by calling WRC, 458-5443.

Proceeds from the event will benefit women in the community seeking career development services at WRC.

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