Woodstock Woman of the Year to be honored Monday

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Continuing a 37-year tradition, the Woodstock Professional and Business Women (WPBW) will present its yearly award at 6 p.m. Monday at the Stage Left Café in Woodstock.

The Woman of the Year Award is given to a woman who has lived or worked in the greater Woodstock area. Her leadership and creativity in cultural, economic, educational, environmental, human services or civic endeavors have contributed in a significant way to enhance the quality of life in the community. Her service could be as a paid employee, volunteer or both.

Lillian Strohm, the first recipient in 1975, was honored for her work in raising funds that made the Opera House renovations possible. A list of previous winners reflects those who have worked for a better community.

For the past 20 years recipients have included: Mary Ellen Howard, 1993; (no recipient in 1994); Claire Brown, 1995; Joan Mansfield, 1996; Susan Martino, 1997; Bev Ganschow, 1998; Cheryl Wormley, 1999; Mary Roberts, 2000; Carol Louise, 2001; Denise Graff Ponstein, 2002; Ann Hughes, 2003; Pam Moorhouse, 2004; Susanne Hoban, 2005; Lynda Markut, 2006; Ellyn Wrzeski, 2007; Virginia Peschke, 2008; Janelle Crowley, 2009; Phyllis Close, 2010; Jane Farmer, 2011; and Sherry Thurow, 2012.

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There will be a casual get-together at 5 p.m. Saturday at the Veterans of Foreign Wars in honor of Mark Adolphus. Adolphus, 56, died Monday. Many Woodstock residents will recall Adolphus as being involved in community organizations such as the Jaycees, VFW and Woodstock Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Attendees are encouraged to bring an appetizer or other food item. This is a cash bar event.

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The Woodstock Chamber of Commerce and Industry will host a State of the City luncheon at the Woodstock Country Club, 10310 Country Club Road, on May 16 at 11:30 a.m. Mayor Brian Sager and other city officials will discuss issues pertinent to residents and businesses. Attendance is limited to Chamber members, and reservations are required. Cost is $20. Reservations must be made by May 9 by visiting the Chamber at 136 Cass St. on the Square or by calling 815-338-2436.

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Turning Point will hold its annual auction April 26 at Jameson’s in Huntley. The auction is Turning Point’s oldest fundraiser, held annually since the agency’s founding in 1981. The evening begins at 6:30 p.m. with a cash bar, hors d’oeuvres and silent auction. It continues with dinner and ends with a live auction. Tickets are $75. For reservations, call 815-338-8081.

• Don Peasley has been editor, columnist and historian in McHenry County since October 1947. He began his association with Shaw Publications in 1950. Call 815-338-1533. He is a frequent contributor of articles and photos.

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