Robin Balke, 2022-2023 Woman of the Year
At the November 3, 2022, SBW Public Relations Dinner, Robin Balke received the Woman of the Year award for 2022-2023. In her introduction, Public Relations Chair Lori Haney said, “…this year’s recipient left her indelible mark on this organization and countless others. This woman is a leader in nearly all aspects of her life. Leading by example professionally and through her service to our community.”
Lori also noted that within the past two months, Robin worked a full-time job, yet found time to attend three conferences or trainings, ten community events and fundraisers for numerous organizations, and spent time with family and friends on six trips or outings.
Robin serves on the Whiteman Air Force Base Community Council, is a member of the Sedalia Area Chamber of Commerce, and attended the Sedalia Police Department Citizen’s Police Academy.
Robin is a founding member of DeFeet, an organization that focuses on suicide prevention. She was awarded Volunteer of the Year in 2021 for the Boys and Girls Clubs of West Central Missouri. Robin is past president of the Human Resources Association of West Central Missouri, and is serving her second year as Sedalia Business Women’s president.
In June 2020, Robin was interviewed for Bob Satnan’s Slice of Life Column published in the Sedalia Democrat. The title alone, “Balke ‘happy to help’ her community,” sums up why she deserved to be the SBW Woman of the Year. In the interview, Robin said, “I try to keep my focus to things that are important to me or speak to me on some level.”
The Sedalia Community is fortunate to have a volunteer who doesn’t just help so many organizations, but is happy to help.
Congratulations, Robin, for being named the 2022-2023 Woman of the Year!