The MainStream Education Foundation will hold its 13th annual awards dinner on Sunday, Oct. 27, at the Overland Park Marriot. Janis McMillen and Jim Borthwick will be honored at the event with the “Stand Up, Speak Out” award.
The Robert H. Meneilly “Stand Up, Speak Out” award was created in 2001 to recognize local community leaders who demonstrate respect for the rights, beliefs and freedoms of all individuals, have the courage to stand up for justice and equality, even when unpopular, and understand the importance of the political process in securing these rights.
Special recognition also is being given at the dinner to Game On for Kansas Schools, a grassroots education advocacy group that started at Belinder Elementary.
Dr. Meneilly is the founding chairman of MainStream Coalition and the founding minister for Village Presbyterian Church. He presided over the first Village service in 1949 and retired in 1994.
Dr. McMillen’s professional career was in the pharmaceutical industry. Later in her working years she became involved in the community with a particular interest in public policy. She currently serves on the board of the League of Women Voters of the United States. She joined MainStream Coalition in the early 2000s and is a member of the MainPAC board.
Borthwick, an attorney and Prairie Village resident, has been an active volunteer in many organizations including Legal Aid of Western Missouri and he has served as president of the MainStream Coalition and on the board of MainPAC. He has served in a variety of volunteer positions at Village Presbyterian.
Past winners are listed here.