2020 Special Guest Philanthropist

Diane Ballweg

I am drawn to quotes that guide me in life’s journey. I have always been a teacher and a learner. One of my passions is adventure and travel, discovering new things along the way. I have been to 53 countries, all 7 continents, and swam in all 4 oceans. The quote that speaks to this spirit is printed on the back of my personal calling cards: “If you have to decide whether to have more or be more, always choose to be more. That’s why we’re called human beings, not human havings.”

I am also on 20 boards from local to international, and enjoy meeting new people and working with great teams. In line with that commitment is a quote from Mother Teresa who said, “Alone we can do so little. Together we can do so much.”
She also said, “We cannot do great things on this earth, only small things with great love.”

Ruth Smeltzer speaks to my commitment to philanthropy: “You have not lived a perfect day, even though you have earned your money, unless you have done something for someone who cannot repay you.”

As a private pilot I have logged flight time on 6 continents, landed at 350 different airports, and established the Aviation program at Edgewood High School where I teach juniors and seniors about careers in the field. I am concerned for our beautiful planet and the glorious views from above. Neil Armstrong from the Apollo Missions said, “We are not passengers on this planet. We are all members of the flight crew, and we’d better take care of our one home, Mother Earth.”

And I am the owner of a 94-year-old family business, Endres Mfg. Company, now in it’s 4th generation. There have been many changes in business over the years, and the quote that speaks to me in this area is from President Lincoln: “If you’re riding a dead horse, dismount!”