High Honor Awarded to Lombard Volunteer

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Byline: Robert Sanchez Daily Herald Staff Writer

When Diana Flint recently was named Lombard's 2002 Woman of the Year, she was speechless - literally.

Flint was invited to the award announcement by the Lombard Service League under the pretense that she was giving a speech about a local food pantry.

"I am not a good public speaker," Flint said. "So I worked all day preparing the speech about the food pantry. By the time I realized what was going on, it was too late," She said. "I didn't know what to say."

Speech or no speech, it was Flint's character and community volunteerism that earned her the Woman of the Year honor, organizers said.

Flint won the award just one year after her husband, Steve, earned Lombard's Man of the Year title.

"What a fluke, huh?" Flint said.

Of course, friends say, it was time for Diana Flint to receive the Woman of the Year award.

"I can't think of anyone who deserves it more," said Monica Brown, an administrative assistant with the Lombard Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

"Diana's a wonderful person," said Brown, noting that Flint is the editor for the chamber's newsletter. "She's always the first person to jump in and help when help is needed."

Flint's list of volunteer efforts is extensive.

In addition to her work with the chamber, Flint is a member of the Kiwanis Club and serves as its director of membership. …