Rotary Honors the Many Contributions of Sister M. Camille Kliebhan, O.S.F.

Monday, October 8, 2012 1:25:00 AM

In a room filled with some of the Milwaukee area’s highest ranking business executives, educational leaders and community leaders, Sister M. Camille Kliebhan, O.S.F., chancellor, was lauded for significant contributions to her profession as a teacher, leader and administrator for the College. She received the Vocational Recognition Award by the Rotary Club of Milwaukee, Inc., before a group of 200 Rotarians on April 8. Roger Dirksen, Co-Chair, Vocational Recognition Committee, made the presentation.

In receiving this award, Sister Camille was praised for her extensive legacy bestowed upon Cardinal Stritch College during her 42 years of service. Her historical boundary-shattering abilities as the first female president of the Rotary Club of Milwaukee were highlighted as well as the substantial contributions she made in that capacity. The award also recognized her important community leadership activities in the advancement of ideas and services throughout her career, having served on many boards as director. Sister Camille further received recognition for her calling in life as a Sister belonging to the Order of St. Francis of Assisi.

Rotarian Rick Luedke, in introducing Sister Camille, said, “Her quiet, yet firm demeanor and strength in leadership have been obvious with all the projects she has undertaken. Sister Camille is a visionary who thinks outside the box when asked to bring solutions to any number of problems.”

After synopsis of her contributions as a volunteer and board member of many civic and religious organizations, a videotape was shown featuring an interview with Sister Camille and scenes profiling the diverse opportunities available to Stritch students.

In accepting the award, Sister Camille thanked the committee members. She said, “As a woman who responded to a religious vocation many years ago, I venture to say I have probably enjoyed a wider variety of experiences than many other women. Who would have predicted I would have the privilege of awarding an honorary doctorate to Barbara Bush…or have my picture taken with Bill Cosby…or be featured on a Harley to promote the Health Education Center? I am deeply grateful for having had many diverse opportunities to serve others as a woman of the Church – both in the Church and in the world – a satisfying and rewarding mission and ministry indeed. Now in partial retirement, it continues to be my pleasure and privilege to serve on a number of boards where one’s personal and professional experience is welcomed and respected.”