Stand Up, Speak Out


Robert H. Meneilly

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.

This special award was named in honor of our Founding Chairman, Dr. Robert H. Meneilly, whose dedication to social justice continues to inspire all of us to fight for the values we hold so dear.

Each year, at the Stand Up, Speak Out Dinner, those honorees are celebrated.


2017 Stand Up, Speak Out Awards Dinner

This year's awards dinner will be held on October 22, 2017, at the Overland Park Civic Center in Overland Park, Kansas. We expect hundreds of Kansans of all stripes to gather and celebrate our honorees.


Past Honorees

2016

  • Year of the Activist
    • Stand Up Blue Valley
    • Women for Kansas
    • Johnson County Educators
    • Alliance for a Healthy Kansas
    • Kansans for Fair Courts
    • League of Women Voters of Kansas
    • Kansas Contractors Association
    • Four Former Kansas Governors

2015

  • Dr. Cynthia Lane
  • Coalition of Local Kansas Chambers of Commerce

2014

  • Bert Berkley
  • Sandy Praeger
  • ReRoute the Roadmap

2013

  • Jim Borthwick
  • Janis McMillen
  • Game On for Kansas Schools

2012

  • Rep. Barbara Bollier
  • Rev. George Tormohlen

2011

  • Senator Terrie Huntington
  • Senator Tim Owens
  • Senator John Vratil

2010

  • Congressman Dennis Moore

2009

  • Heartland Men’s Chorus

2008

  • Nancy Brown
  • David Goldstein
  • Mark Levin

2007

  • Suzanne Eleanor Allen

2006

  • Judy Hellman
  • Eleanor Lowe
  • Special recognition to the True Blue Women founders

2005

  • Kay Barnes

2004

  • Ellen Laner

2003

  • Carol Sader

2002

  • Walt Hiersteiner
  • Corinthian Nutter

2001

  • Robert H. “Dr. Bob” Meneilly
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