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Senator Stevens Presents Merit Award to Anchorage Woman
May 20, 2008

For Immediate Release

Contacts: Aaron Saunders (202) 224-1028
Steve Wackowski (202) 224-5122

WASHINGTON, D.C. Senator Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) today helped award the 2008 Open World National Grantee of Merit to Rotary Foundation Trustee Carolyn Jones of Anchorage and Rotary International Director C. Grant Wilkins of Denver, Colorado.

The Open World Leadership organization works to introduce leaders and decision makers in countries from the former Soviet Union to American political and civic life. Jones was recognized for leading the Rotary Open World committee that helped bring emerging Russian leaders to the U.S. in the first years of the program.

Were very proud of Carolyn, said Senator Stevens. She has demonstrated a great commitment to service throughout her career, and her efforts have been recognized both in the United States and in Russia. I am particularly appreciative of the work she has done to make the Open World program successful.

I am excited to see the evolution of the Open World program over these nine years and the continued partnership between Rotary International, said Carolyn Jones. Rotarys mission is to promote peace and world understanding, whereas Open Worlds goal is to increase U.S.-Eurasian understanding and partnership. We were a natural fit.

Senator Stevens worked on the legislation that created the Open World Program in 2000 under guidance from Librarian of Congress Dr. James Billington, with whom he presented todays award. The Senator is Honorary Chairman of the Open World Leadership Center Board of Trustees and has been an active Rotary Club member since 1964.