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NewsFriday, October 21, 2011
Tri-County Technical College honored former Foundation Board member and Anderson resident Kleo Stathakis, left, with the highest award given by the College's nine-member Commission. President Ronnie L. Booth, right, presented Mrs. Stathakis with the Order of Merit at the College's October 20 Annual Report luncheon with Mrs. Stathakis's son, John Pete, back left, and daughter, Alexandria, right, at her side.
Mrs. Kleo Stathakis Honored with Tri-County’s Order of Merit
CONTACT: LISA GARRETT, 646-1506
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 10/20/2011
(By Lisa Garrett)
PENDLETON --- Tri-County Technical College honored former Foundation Board member and Anderson resident Kleo Stathakis with the highest award given by the College's nine-member Commission.
President Ronnie L. Booth presented Mrs. Stathakis with the Order of Merit at the College's October 20 Annual Report luncheon.
The Order of Merit is an honorary society that recognizes community and state leaders who have contributed to the development of Tri-County Technical College and the State Technical College System.
"For 26 years, Mrs. Stathakis served as an invaluable member of the College's Foundation Board and has been a staunch supporter of the College, always devoted to its mission and purpose," said Dr. Booth.
As a charter member, she represented Anderson County since the Foundation's Board's first meeting on June 7, 1985, and served as the secretary to the Foundation Board since January 1, 1995.
She served on numerous Foundation-related committees and assisted in the solicitation of major gifts to the Foundation. Her most notable accomplishment as a board member was when she introduced Mrs. Ruby Hicks to the College and Foundation. When Mrs. Hicks, a member of the College's Foundation Board, died October 2, 1992, she bequeathed the majority of her estate, valued at nearly three-quarters of a million dollars, to Tri-County to establish scholarships. Until 2001, this was the largest single donation the College had received in its history.
Since 1993, Mrs. Stathakis has generously contributed to a scholarship established in the name of her late husband, Pete Stathakis.
She also was instrumental in the Anderson County Woman's Club establishing an endowed scholarship, and since 1989 the Club has given a total of $27,500 to Tri-County.
Her commitment to the community has never wavered and as a devoted volunteer worked in the chaplain's office of AnMed Health, the March of Dimes, and the Kennedy Street School/Concord Elementary School parent-teacher association, and was a teacher in the Great Book program.
She represented the community with honor and distinction with her service as a board member and recording secretary for the Anderson Historical Society, along with the Anderson Arts Council, and the Anderson County Library System.
In 2005 she was honored by the Anderson County Democratic Women for her 50-plus years of community service with the group's first-ever Woman of Distinction of Anderson County award, and the Anderson County Council designated April 16, 2005, as Kleo Stathakis Day in Anderson.
A political activist and longtime member of the local Anderson County Democratic Women's Club, she worked third shift to register voters at local industries during the 2004 election campaign, served as a Delegate to the national conventions for the Democratic Party in 1980 and 1988; and in 2007 was inducted into the SC Democratic Women's Hall of Fame.
Mrs. Stathakis has two adult children and lives in Anderson.