MainStream Coalition names Bollier, Tormohlen 2012 Meneilly awardees

The MainStream Coalition has announced that two northeast Johnson County public figures will be the recipients of this year’s Robert H. Meneilly Awards.

State Rep. Barbara Bollier (R-Mission Hills) and retired Rev. George Tormohlen of Colonial Christian Church will be presented with their awards at the organization’s annual Stand Up, Speak Out program in the atrium of the Nerman Museum at Johnson County Community College Oct. 14. Tickets to the event can be purchased through the group’s website.

“Both Barbara and George have demonstrated through their professional and civic leadership courage to stand up for justice and equality, even when unpopular,” said Brandi Fisher, MainStream’s executive director. “They also have taken a stand to  defend the importance of the political process in securing these rights.”

Fisher said the group selected the two for this year’s awards in part based on their work around reproductive health. Bollier was often a lone voice of dissent as the Kansas legislature considered more restrictive abortion regulations during its last session. Fisher said Tormohlen often counseled women regarding their choices about pregnancy before the Supreme Court’s Roe vs. Wade ruling.

Founded in 1993, MainStream is a non-profit organization with a stated mission promoting the separation of church and state, with a emphasis on public education and religious freedom.

Sen. Terrie Huntington (R-Fairway), now retired, was the recipient of the award last year.