Jane Pegel received a Leader in Education Award, May 16, from the Geneva Lake Branch of the American Association of University Women. The award honors women who have demonstrated vision, inspiration, and made an outstanding contribution to their community. The AAUW advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research.

At the presentation, Jane was praised as “a shining example of success in athletics and educational leadership.”

“During the decades that she raced, she inspired her fellow sailor – girls and boys, men and women – with her expertise and her intellectual approach to equipment, preparation and practice, attention to detail, and analysis of weather conditions.”

Jane Pegel was praised for her ongoing responsibilities at the Yacht Club as chief judge, for her race committee work, for her local and national sailing achievements, and for her years as instructor, director, board member, and president of the Geneva Lake Sailing School.

“She shared her expertise both in the classroom and on the lake with a generation of sailors, stressing teamwork, sportsmanship, and safety, and introducing many of them to what would become their lifetime sport.”

As part of the Leader in Education Award, the Lake Geneva Branch has made a donation in Jane’s name to the AAUW Education Fund. The ┬áchapter’s activities include the sponsorship of scholarships for area middle school girls to Camp Badger, a science, technology, and engineering camp at the University of Wisconsin in Madison.