2017 Writing Women Into History Award – Call for Nominations

Writing Women Into History Award

Macomb Feminist Network (MFN)

The Macomb Feminist Network is soliciting nominations for the annual Writing Women into History Award.

Purpose of award:

Established in 2010 to honor, promote, and expand our knowledge of the extraordinary contributions women have made to our local community through their initiatives, advocacy and/or engagement.

Eligible Nominees:

Women eligible to be nominated have resided in McDonough County; have been exceptional role models; and through their initiatives, advocacy and/or engagement, have made extraordinary contributions within the local community.

Method of Nomination:

Community members may submit a nomination by completing the nomination form below and attaching a supporting letter. Self-nominations, when accompanied by a supporting letter, will be considered. Nominations of women who fit the criteria but who are no longer living will also be considered.

Method of Selection:

The MFN Awards Committee members will review all nominations and select the recipient(s). Nominations will be kept for one year, so previous nominations do not have to be resubmitted but additional support may be submitted.

Announcement and Recognition:

The recipients’ stories will be shared at the annual awards brunch to be held Saturday, March 4, 2017 from 10:00-11:30 AM at Western Illinois University’s Multicultural Center in conjunction with National Women’s History Month.

WWIH 2017 Nomination Form (click to download Word document)

The form and letter should be sent to MFN, P.O. Box 765, Macomb, IL 61455 or emailed to Sandy Nelson at sa-nelson@wiu.edu. Nominations are due by Wednesday, November 30, 2016.

MFN Meeting: Oct. 8, 2016 at 1:00 p.m.

The October meeting of the Macomb Feminist Network will be held Saturday, Oct. 8 from 1-2:30 p.m. in the Macomb City Hall Community Room. Dr. Essie Rutledge, retired WIU sociology professor and MFN Board member, has organized a panel of diverse women of color to discuss issues of concern to women, particularly to women of color in Macomb and McDonough County.

MFN Meeting: Sept. 10, 2016 at 1:00 p.m.

The September meeting of the Macomb Feminist Network will be held Saturday, Sept. 10 from 1-2 p.m. in the Macomb City Hall Community Room. Rebekah Buchanan and Barbara Harroun are scheduled to discuss their Books for Prisoners Project, part of the statewide Reading Reduces Recidivism initiative. Following their 45-minute presentation, we hope to zip through our business agenda and end early, at 2:00 p.m.

Immediately following the meeting, County Clerk Gretchen DeJaynes has agreed to provide the necessary training for MFN members to become Deputy Registrars. The training will take about an hour, depending on the time it takes for Q&A, and will begin at 2:00 p.m. Once trained, DRs can register potential voters for elections, including the upcoming November election.

Appointments are for two years and can be renewed.  Please seriously consider becoming a DR. League of Women Voter members are planning multiple opportunities to register voters between now and October 7 and would welcome our help.

MFN Summer Social: Thurs., July 21; 4-6 p.m.

Our Summer Social is set for Thursday, July 21, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. in the Macomb City Hall Community Room.
Please plan to participate. MFN will provide beverages; members are asked to bring an hors d’hoevre to share.
As important: consider bringing a friend or friends who might enjoy learning more about the MFN. We’ll briefly review the programs of the past year and provide an overview of the programs planned for 2016-2017.
In the past, this event has offered MFN members and potential members a chance to get to know each other a bit more than is possible during our regular, program-oriented meetings.
We hope you will join Board members for what we hope proves to be an enjoyable respite from summer’s responsibilities.

MFN Meeting: April 9, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.

The April meeting of the Macomb Feminist Network will be held Saturday, April 9 from 10-11:30 a.m.  As usual, we will be meeting in the Community Room of Macomb’s City Hall from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m., when Alice Henry will discuss the mission and activities of the Prairie Land Conservancy.

Hope to see you there!

2016 Writing Women Into History Celebration Pictures

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MFN Meeting: February 13, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.

The February meeting of the Macomb Feminist Network will be held Saturday, Feb. 13 from 10-11:30 a.m.  As usual, we will be meeting in the Community Room of Macomb’s City Hall from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m., when Margaret Ovitt will discuss the background and current status of the Macomb Food Co-op.  Come and learn more about this important venture.
Hope to see you there!
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