“I am writing to you about Diane Knebel Watler, the soon-to-be 2015 SAA Alumnae Veritas Award recipient!” That’s how I started my paragraph nominating Diane Watler for the Veritas Award. In July, we all received an email from St. Agnes requesting nominations. The award would be presented to an alumna who exhibits outstanding dedication to, support for and love of St. Agnes. Several of us girlfriends immediately recognized our good friend Diane in that description. If ever there was a St. Agnes graduate deserving of this award, it is Diane.
When St. Agnes asked me to say a few words about Diane, I thought the best way to do that would be to share the thoughts of the girlfriends who helped to nominate her. We all agreed on how involved she was at St. Agnes, not only while we were in school from 1968 to 1972, but also all the years since then. She was very involved with St. Agnes Student Council during that time, including being our Student Body president for 2 years. Since graduating from SAA Diane has been a dedicated and constant supporter; she is a salesperson for St Agnes in all that she does. She keeps all of her classmates "plugged in" to all things that affect the school. She has been an active volunteer at St. Agnes galas and auctions and phone fundraisers. She also served on the alumnae board. If I’m not mistaken, I believe that Diane was on the board when this award was first being implemented in 2004. How fitting that an award designed to recognize service to an alum of SAA would eventually be awarded to one of those who implemented this award to recognize the contributions of others.
In addition to her dedication to SAA, Diane was President of her sorority, Alpha Delta Phi, while attending the University of Texas. She also chaired the auction at The Edna Gladney Center for Adoption, an organization very special to Diane. And she chaired school auctions at St.Vincent de Paul Catholic School. As you can tell, Diane likes to be involved. There is no job too big or too small for her.
Diane’s can do and will do attitude is inspiring. All of Diane’s classmates recognize that even more important than all of Diane’s involvement, however, is the strength of her faith. Her remarkable perseverance, optimism and sense of duty keep her strong in spite of the hardships and adversity that life presents. She greets each of us with smiles and hugs, always reminding us how very blessed we all are. She is such a positive person and her strong spirituality is an inspiration to anyone who meets her. She is always looking at life with her glass half full and her eyes wide open.
Diane, you are the Best of what IS St. Agnes. Congratulations and love from all of us.