Junior Midland League honors Susie Broca Andreessen, a Midlander player who has returned to his homeland

Suzy Prucka Andreasen is a great example of a midlander who went in search of fame and fortune and then came back to find fame and fortune here.

An outstanding football player at Lee High School, she attended Southwestern University where she participated in the soccer and swimming teams. She graduated cum laude with a major in political science and moved to the Northeast to attend University of Maryland Law School because she wanted to be close to the action in Washington, D.C. Her summer activities led to her getting a job as a legal policy intern at Bush. – 2004 Cheney campaign and position as legal clerk on one of Senator John Cornyn’s subcommittees.

After working as a clerk on the Maryland Court of Appeals, Susie worked as an Honors Attorney/Associate Attorney in the Criminal Appeals Division for eight years. She has also taught part-time in the Department of Political Science at the Baltimore Campus at the University of Maryland for three years.

She returned to Texas in 2016 and became the Assistant District Attorney for Brazos County on the Appeals Division. Shortly thereafter, she transferred to the Assistant US Attorney for the Southern District of Texas Appeals Chamber.

In 2017, she returned to Midland and worked first as an assistant district attorney in Ector County and then in Midland County. Earlier this year she joined Eckman Bidwell PLLC. She is also studying part-time at UTPB.

Although Susie has received accolades in high school, college, law school, and in her career, her volunteer leadership in Midland qualified her for the Betty Whitmer Sumner Award presented by the Midland Junior League at its annual meeting on May 10.

Betty was a third-generation Midlander and passed away in 2012. She graduated from Rice University, attended school in Kermit, Midland and worked for the Western Company before becoming a stay-at-home mom and community volunteer. In addition to serving as President of the Junior League, Hospice of Midland, West Texas Aphasia Center and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Midland Memorial Hospital, Betty Sumner has devoted office hours to the City Planning and Zoning Committee, PTA, First United Methodist Church, United Way and Trinity School.

When nominating Susie for this award, fellow legal and junior associate Tanya Bidwill wrote, “Susie embodies the spirit of the Junior League and its founders.” Just like Betty Sumner, she has served on many local councils including Centers, the REACH Network, and the City’s Parks and Recreation Commission. She has volunteered as a soccer coach and referee for Midland Teen Court, Midland County Bar Association, and Museum of the Southwest.

She joined the Junior League of Baltimore in 2008 where she eventually served as president. Other positions she has held for 13 years in three leagues include treasurer, membership and vice president of public relations.

Her nomination listed two major advantages in her career in the Junior Midland League. She led rebranding and remarketing efforts that included a new website design, videos, social media short clips, a new logo, and the creation of a weekly internal newsletter, which is emailed to all members. In 2020-2021, it revitalized training opportunities affected by COVID-19 protocols that resulted in 400 hours. Courses ranged from women’s driving to basic skills such as how to install car seats and recreational activities.

When told of the award, Susie stated that Mary Beck, JLM Secretary and former CEO of Midland Teen Court, first encouraged her to join the Baltimore Junior League to meet like-minded women. When she came home, she was subservient for the same reason. She had listened to the phrase Midland Mafia that applied to juniors in the league but realized that it was the prominent local women’s leadership organization and that the previous members were responsible for starting several nonprofits in Midland, including the Midland Teen Court. Therefore, membership is considered a badge of honor.

Submitted by Tanya Bidwill, this award illustrates the league’s vision statement “Hand in Hand We Build a Better Midland”. The Midlanders who left also state that “you can go home again” and find fame and fortune.

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