Cardner named Altrusa Woman of the Year
Linn Cardner can added another prestigious award to her resume. She was named the 2011 Altrusa Woman of the Year Tuesday afternoon at Robert’s Restaurant. Before President Gale Beckett presented her with the award, she named her numerous accomplishments.
Cardner has been employed with the United Way of Orange County for 28 years. She started as a secretary/bookkeeper under Executive Director Paul Pearson. When Pearson retired in 1988, Cardner became executive director ever since.
She graduated from Lamar High School in Houston and holds a BBA from the University of Texas at Austin. She has thee sons and daughter-in-laws. 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Cardner moved to Orange in 1963 when her husband, Dr. David Cardner went to work at DuPont. Beckett said she was a leader at UT and a leader in the community.
Some of the things Cardner accomplished over the years:
• Being the first woman president of the College of Business Administration at the University of Texas
• Being selected as Outstanding Student at UT as a junior, an honor usually reserved for the senior year
• Being a finalist in the Southeast Texas Women to Watch in 1997, sponsored by the then Business and Professional Women’s Club
• Being a graduate of the Leadership Southeast Texas Program Class of 1998
• Securing more than $30,000 in outside grants to fund local agencies to hlep Orange County citizen s during 2009 for Hurricane Ike victims
• Member of the Rotary Club of Orange since 1988, board of directors and Paul Harris Fellow
• Past member of the Service League of Orange
• A member of First United Methodist Church of Orange
Beckett said one of Cardner’s greatest achievements was in 2009 was working with Susan Mowery, manger of the Bush-Clinton Coastal Recovery Team to gain financial assistance with the rebuilding of the Central Fire Station in Orange that was flooded during Hurricane Ike.
Cardner was able to secure $400,000 to be used in conjunction with the funds from the Office of Community Affairs to help with the $4.5 million project of rebuilding the fire station.
She was given a key to the city on Aug. 11, 2009 in recognition of her efforts in obtaining the funds for the Orange Fire Department.
Cardner’s latest accomplishment is working as founding president of the West Orange-Cove CISD Foundation board of directors.
During her tenure, the Foundation was able in January, 2011 to award a total of $17,200 in grants to teachers in all four WOCCISD schools. This was considered an outstanding accomplishment since the Foundation has only been in existence for a little over a year.
“This is a prime example of her community involvement and commitment to making Orange County a better place for all citizens,” Beckett said. “Additionally, her daily duties at the United Way helping the member agencies help the citizens of Orange County is a testament to her love for and dedication to Orange County.”
According to their website, Altrusa make communities better through leadership, partnership and service.
“That is our goal. Founded in 1917, Altrusa is relevant to many civic-minded people who are interested in creating better communities. Last year, Altrusans proudly gave over a million volunteer hours around the world, including clubs in the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada, England, Bermuda, Ireland, India, Scotland, New Zealand and Russia,” the site read.
Several decades ago, Altrusa decided to institute literacy as an area of focus for the organization; since then, service areas have expanded to include HIV/AIDS and disaster relief. During the last biennium, Altrusans assisted in relief efforts for the Port-au-Prince, Haiti and Christchurch, New Zealand earthquakes, as well as the Tsunami in Japan. They have also given their time and resources in areas that are deemed most important in their local communities.