Georgie Gleim, the second-generation owner of Gleim's Jewelers in downtown Palo Alto with a decades-long record of community leadership, has been named the 2007 winner of the prestigious Athena Award by the Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce.
The award, to be presented at a luncheon Sept. 12 at the Garden Court Hotel, recognizes contributions by women in Palo Alto. Gleim's Jewelers had to briefly close its downtown Palo Alto location last month due to the Walgreen's fire, in a neighboring building, but has two other locations -- as one of the original tenants of the Stanford Shopping Center when it opened a half century ago and in downtown Los Altos.
Gleim operates the jewelry store that was founded decades ago by her father, Arthur Gleim, who met her mother, Marjorie, when she was hired as Christmas help. They live near Georgie and have been Palo Alto residents since the 1920s. Gleim's Jewelers won the Tall Tree Award for a business, recognizing its years of supporting local organizations through donations and time commitments.
Georgie was born in Palo Alto and attended Castilleja School, and has been active in the Chamber of Commerce and downtown business committees for many years. She served as chair of the Chamber board in 2000-2001. She won the Peninsula Executive Association "Executive of the Year" award in 1998, and is a member of the Palo Alto University Rotary Club and the advisory board of the Palo Alto Downtown Business and Professional District. She is a member of the board of the Palo Alto Historical Association.
Gleim and her husband, George Schumann -- who also works in the store -- reside in Palo Alto with their dog, Stuff. Gleim's hobby is gardening and caring for her horse, now a "big, expensive pet."