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January 15, 2020
German American Bank congratulates Brenda Sermersheim on her distinction as the Indiana Association of Soil and Water Districts’ Supervisor of the Year. She was presented with the award at the Indiana SWCD Awards Luncheon at the Indianapolis Marriot Downtown on Tuesday, January 14th. There are five supervisors in each of the 92 Soil and Water Conservation Districts in Indiana and Brenda has filled the chairman supervisor role for Dubois County since 2012, the first and only woman to do so. She is an agri/retail banking officer and Vice President of Agricultural Banking for German American Bank.
As an advocate for the SWCD, Brenda works with landowners in the county to coordinate assistance from available sources to find locally driven solutions to conserve land, water, forests, wildlife, and related natural resources. She has been instrumental in growing the Dubois County staff to eight members, and under her leadership the part time technical and clerical support positions were upgraded by the county to full time to better serve the area.
Brenda currently resides on her husband’s family farm in Dubois County, and is an active participant in Farm Bill programs on her own family’s farm in Perry County. Both farms show good examples of sound conservation practices, including grassed waterways, water and sediment control basins, and 100% no till farming practices. Brenda is a former member and president of the Kiwanis Club of Holland, former treasurer for the Dubois County 4-H Council, on the selection committee for Dubois County Habitat for Humanity, and a member of the St. Anthony 800 Club and St. Anthony Catholic Church. She was recognized twice as an Athena Leadership Award Finalist.