The Woman's Press Club of Indiana celebrated its 100th anniversary May 18 at Hollyhock Hill by handing out three awards to some of its most valuable members. NUVO writer Rita Kohn was awarded the organization's highest honor, the Communicator of Achievement for 2013. An oft-published historian and playwright, Kohn has written book-length studies of American Indian tribes, steamboat transportation on the Ohio River and the Indiana craft beer industry.
The Communicator of Achievement is the highest award given by the National Federation of Press Women, of which the Woman's Press Club of Indiana is an affiliate. She will compete in August with other Communicator of Achievement winners during the National Federation of Press Women convention.
Marion Garmel, a retired arts journalist who helped organize the 100th anniversary celebration, was awarded the Kate Milner Rabb Award in recognition of her journalistic achievement and service to the Woman's Press Club of Indiana. Garmel worked 31 years for the Indianapolis Star and News, retiring in 2002 as theater critic for the Star.
Ann Allen received a special 100th anniversary award for her research into the history of the Woman's Press Club of Indiana, founded in 1913. Her article on the club will be published in the spring issue of Traces.