Call for Nominations: Writing Women Into History Due December 4, 2021

Writing Women into History Award Eligibility & Nomination Process

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 individual 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 have made extraordinary contributions within the local community through their initiatives, advocacy and/or engagement.

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. Nominations will only be considered the year they are submitted, but previous nominees may be re-nominated if they were not chosen earlier.

Method of Selection: The MFN WWIH Awards Committee members will review all nominations and select the recipient(s). 

Announcement and Recognition: The recipients’ stories will be shared at the annual awards brunch to be held Saturday, March 5, 2022 from 10:00 AM-Noon at Wesley Village Community Center in conjunction with National Women’s History Month.


Nomination Form & Process

Nominee: __________________________________________ Phone _____________________

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Nominator:  _________________________________________ Phone _____________________

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  • Why should this nominee be selected to receive the award?  Please describe how this woman has been an exceptional role model.  What initiatives, advocacy, and/or engagement has she made within our community?
  • Be specific about what activities, programs, projects, and/or events have made your nominee     deserving of this award. The details in your letter will be helpful in the selection process.
  • Attach your nomination letter to this form. The form and letter should be sent to MFN, P.O. Box 765, Macomb, IL 61455 or emailed to Patricia Walton at
  • Nominations are due by Saturday, December 4, 2021.


Annette Carper Featured Presenter for November 13 Meeting


Annette Carper, Deputy Director of the Housing Authority of McDonough County, will discuss the mission of the Housing Authority, its scope and activities, as well as her role as Deputy Director at the Macomb Feminist Network meeting on Saturday, November 13, 10 a.m. at Macomb City Hall.

Writing Women Into History 2022 Awards: Call for Nominations

The Macomb Feminist Network (MFN) is accepting nominations for its 2022 Writing Women into History Award.

The Award was established in 2010 to honor, promote, and expand our knowledge of the extraordinary contributions individual women have made in shaping and strengthening our local community.

Women eligible to be nominated for this award must meet the following criteria: (a) have resided in McDonough County, (b) have been exceptional role models, and (c) have made extraordinary contributions within the local community through their initiatives, advocacy and/or engagement.

Any community member may submit a nomination by completing the nomination form. Self-nominations may be considered if accompanied by a letter of support. Nominations of women who have passed away will also be considered. Nominations will only be considered the year they are submitted, but previous nominees may be re-nominated if they were not chosen earlier.

Past award recipients include: Wanda Black, Mary Ellen Graff, Rosa Julstrom, and Beth Stiffler (2010); Constance DeMuth Berg, Marcia Moll, and Ruth Parks (2011); Maria Dunstan, Judith Kohler, and Donna Werner (2012); Josephine Johnson, Elizabeth “Betty” Kaspar, and Janice Welsch (2013); Gordana Rezab, Mary Warnock, and Alice Swain (2014); Lois Ganyard, Suzan Nash, and Margaret Ovitt (2015); Alice Henry, Alta Sargent, and Peggy Scharfenberg (2016); Lorraine Epperson, Debbie Maguire, Pamella McLean, and Becky Parker (2017), Sally Egler, Martha Klems, Maurine Magliocco, and Paula Wise (2018), Belinda Carr, Susan Lawhorn, Winona Malpass, Essie Rutledge, and Patricia Walton (2019), and Janine Cavicchia, Patricia (Patti) Jones, Lois Lueck, and Sue Scott (2020). No recipients were recognized in 2021 because of COVID 19 restrictions.

The 2022 recipients of the Award will be honored at a brunch reception hosted by the Macomb Feminist Network on Saturday, March 5, 2022, from 10:00 am to noon at the Wesley Village Community Center.

Nomination forms may be downloaded from MFN’s website ( or may be obtained by emailing Patricia Walton at Completed nomination forms should be sent to Patricia Walton via email ( or at Macomb Feminist Network, P. O. Box 765, Macomb, IL 61455.  The deadline for nominations is Saturday, December 4, 2021.

2022 Writing Women Into History Award – Nomination Form

MFN September 4, 2021 Meeting

Saturday, September 4, 2021, 10 a.m. at Macomb City Hall, newly appointed Macomb Police Chief Jerel Jones will discuss his approach to policing, his goals, and his plans to achieve these goals. He will also discuss police-community relations and ways these can be strengthened in a positive way. The public is invited. A short business meeting will follow the presentation.

MFN Meeting Prepares for Civic Engagement

After a year of zooming, MFN met in person Saturday May 1 at Gayle Carper’s. The meeting, chaired by Martha Klems, focused on identifying local feminists who could be viable candidates for local offices or boards. To support these individuals, MFN will be creating a list of members who have served on boards or political offices to serve as mentors and offering potential candidates special skills training in areas such as public speaking, campaigning, leadership, etc. based on the expertise of current members. MFN is renewing its commitment to finding and encouraging feminists to seek positions of influence.

Centennial Celebration of the 19th Amendment

The GFWC Macomb’s Woman’s Club, the League of Women Voters of McDonough County, the Macomb Feminist Network, and the Western Illinois Museum announce

A Centennial Celebration of the 19th Amendment

Wednesday, August 26, 2020, at 5:00 p.m.

In Chandler Park

A Centennial Celebration of the 19th Amendment is being planned by local organizations, including the GFWC Macomb’s Woman’s Club, the League of Women Voters of McDonough County, the Macomb Feminist Network, and the Western Illinois Museum. The 19th Amendment was passed in August of 1920 and gave women in the United States the right to vote. To mark the anniversary, a program will be held in Chandler Park, in Macomb, Illinois, on Wednesday, August 26th at 5:00 pm.  The public is invited to attend; face coverings and social distancing will be observed. Following at 7:00 pm will be a live online program on Facebook.

At 7:00 pm, an online program will be held live on Facebook where the commentaries will be broadcast followed by an opportunity for questions and discussion. The live stream can be found on a special Facebook page for the event at 19th Amendment Celebration Macomb, IL.

The gathering in Chandler Park to celebrate the anniversary will start at 5:00 pm at the Gazebo with short commentaries by local women. Each will speak briefly on the impact the 19th Amendment has had on our country and our community. Speakers include Jane Ellickson Coplan, President of the League of Women Voters of McDonough County; Brenda Allison, President of the GFWC Macomb’s Woman’s Club; Tammie Leigh Brown Edwards, Macomb City Alderwoman; Julia Albarricin, Western Illinois University Professor of Political Science; Sue Scott, Director of the Western Illinois Museum; Gayle Carper; Macomb City Alderwomen. Additional online speakers include Kim Rice and Maren McIlvaine Newsad, Macomb High School graduate and student at Denison University. In the tradition of the suffragettes, guests are encouraged to wear white and participate in a brief parade around the park following the remarks.

On August 18, 1920, Tennessee became the 36th state to ratify the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote –36 being the number of states needed to make it a federal law. The nearly 73-year suffrage movement was begun at the 1848 Women’s Rights Convention in Seneca Falls, New York, by Elizabeth Cady Stanton. It was signed into law on August 26th, when United States Secretary of State Bainbridge Colby signed his certification that all conditions required for ratification had been met. The Amendment states, “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.”

Chandler Park is located one block north of Macomb’s Courthouse Square. Free street parking is available.  Guests are encouraged to bring their own chairs, wear masks, and practice social distancing.  For more information contact the Western Illinois Museum at call 309.837.2750, text 309.837.2613, or email

Writing Women Into History 2020: A Public Invitation

The public is invited to Wesley Village Community Center on Saturday, March 7, 10 a.m. for the 11th year of Writing Women Into History. This years honorees are Janine Cavicchia, Patricia Jones, Lois Lueck, and Sue Scott. A brunch will be served prior to their stories of activism and community commitment. You can read the brief biographies of each women in a recent, previous post.

Writing Women Into History 2019 Award Winners

The 2019 Writing Women Into History Award was given to 5 very deserving women: Susan Lawhorn, Belinda Carr, Patricia Walton, Essie Rutledge, and posthumously Winona Malpass.

2020 Writing Women Into History Honorees

The Macomb Feminist Network’s 2020 Writing Women into History Honorees

The Macomb Feminist Network has selected Janine Cavicchia, Patricia Jones, Lois Lueck, and Sue Scott for its 2020 Writing Women into History Awards. The women will be honored for their outstanding contributions to the local community on Saturday, March 7, during a reception at the Wesley Village Community Center. Following a light brunch at 10:00 a.m., honorees or a representative will tell their stories of activism and civic commitment.

Through this award, the Network seeks to expand public knowledge and appreciation of individual women whose initiatives, advocacy, and engagement have strengthened the local community in significant ways. This year’s recipients, like previous recipients, excel as role models and community leaders.

Janine Cavicchia, retired Director of Western Illinois University’s Women’s Center, has lived in Macomb since 1985 and worked in residence life prior to her 18 years in the Women’s Center. As Director, Janine initiated and supported numerous programs, activities and organizations that brought the campus and community together, including: bringing in feminist speakers and performers; coordinating National Girls and Women in Sports Day, Take Our Daughters to Work Day, Women’s Equality Day, and Jane Addams Day activities; organizing Women’s History, Breast and Ovarian Cancer Awareness, and Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Awareness Month events; and sponsoring Women’s Center teams in the McDonough County Girls Softball League and a children’s feminist book club. She collaborated with Western Illinois Regional Council’s (WIRC) Victim Services agency and campus and community partners to continue the Take Back the Night March and Rally she helped inaugurate while in residence life. In 2001 Janine brought the V-Day International Campaign to WIU. For 19 years, this initiative has raised awareness of and funds for interpersonal violence prevention and survivor support services at WIU and in surrounding communities. She has been a Board member of the League of Women Voters of McDonough County, McDonough County United Way, Girl Scouts of Central Illinois, and the Macomb Feminist Network. She has volunteered with the Quad-County Coalition Against Sexual Assault Hotline and was recently appointed to Macomb’s Equal Opportunity and Fair Housing Commission. Janine’s tireless advocacy for equity and inclusion coupled with her knowledge and organizational skills have benefited community members throughout our area.

Patricia I. Jones, roots run deep in McDonough County, having lived in Macomb since 1979.  She has devoted a significant portion of her life to fostering cross-cultural understanding, and has received local and national attention for her expertise in this area.  She has always found time to be involved in community initiatives that improve the lives of those with whom she associates. Patti began her long commitment to international students while pursuing her MA in College Student Personnel at Western Illinois University. Her first position as an employee at WIU was as a Western English as a Second Language instructor and the Foreign Student Advisor. When she moved to other positions within the university and incorporated grant-writing into her repertoire of interests and responsibilities, she consistently integrated an awareness of, commitment to, and support for cross-cultural interaction among WIU students and the Macomb community. In 2008 Patti retired and immediately jumped into public service, taking on the presidency of the WIU Chapter of the State University Annuitants Association and volunteer work in many national, state, and local organizations, including the Wesley Village Foundation Board, the WIU Library Advisory Board, the Fire Pension Board, the Learning Is Forever (LIFE) Curriculum Committee and the Interfaith Alliance of Macomb. Patti’s international involvement has allowed her to learn the best ways to communicate cross culturally and to share this information locally.  She has served as a trusted and dependable friend, mentor, and advocate for members of the international community and as an exceptional role model within the larger Macomb community.

Lois Lueck, came to Macomb in 1969 with her husband and three children. She quickly became a forceful champion for many individuals and families, including a Cambodian refugee family. In addition to other support, she participated in rehabbing a house for the family. When group homes for persons with developmental disabilities were proposed in Macomb, she enthusiastically attended hearings in support of their establishment while opponents actively worked against them. Later, when Habitat for Humanity was introduced to the area, she served on the Family Nurturing Committee. A current commitment showing her concern for families is as a volunteer with Baby Talk, a program that provides new mothers with support and free books for infants born in McDonough District Hospital. This program links her interest in the welfare of children and families with her commitment to literacy. Books for babies is only a tiny part of what Lois has done to support literacy. She and her late husband Lowell, established the Lueck Reading Fund to provide the WIU Curriculum Center with books on special needs and cultural diversity to be used by teachers as instructional materials. She and Lowell, having experienced the challenges of rearing a family while completing degrees, also funded a scholarship for non-traditional students majoring in education. In addition to her position as Guidance Director at the Colchester High School for 19 years, Lois tutored GED students at Spoon River College for over 20 years. Her ongoing interest in area history is reflected in her many years on the Western Illinois Museum Board where she served as president and secretary and continues as a volunteer for multiple events.

Sue Scott has served as Curator of the Western Illinois Museum eleven years, initiating a multitude of new projects and collaborations with various Macomb institutions, such as the Macomb Food Coop, Western Illinois University’s Gwendolyn Brooks Cultural Center, WIU’s Building Trades Program, and the Macomb Women’s Club. Her contributions to the museum encompass renovations to the building itself, including the installation of more climate friendly windows and insulation and the construction of a “front porch” that serves as a stage for many of the talks, oral history presentations, readings, concerts, and theater pieces scheduled at the museum. Beyond cooperative projects with other organizations and improvements to the physical space, Sue has significantly increased the number and variety of programs and exhibits offered by the museum, emphasizing multi-sensory and interdisciplinary approaches. Many of these programs focus primarily on adults, including the Blind Swine speakeasys that revisit prohibition era themes. Others, like the Haunted History Tours, General Macomb’s Birthday Party, the Broadside Mural Project, and Letters to Santa, bring families to the museum. To support the programming, the building renovation, and the collaborations, Sue has successfully integrated fundraising and grant-writing into her schedule. As stated in her nomination letter, “Sue, as role model and advocate, as well as designer of projects, programs and events, has demonstrated her commitment to building community and providing historical context that is informative, fun, and inclusive.” Her background in project design and art has served her exceptionally well in these roles.

The public is invited to join MFN members in honoring this year’s award recipients at the Wesley Community Center between 10:00 a.m. and noon on March 7.

Information on previous honorees is available at the following website:

MFN Forum on Sex Trafficking: 9/14/19 @ 10:00 a.m. in Macomb City Hall

The Macomb Feminist Network, with the Schultz Foundation for Advancing Counseling, will host a forum on sex trafficking during its Saturday, September 14, meeting in the Community Room of Macomb’s City Hall from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. Though not widely recognized, especially in rural areas, sex trafficking is a serious issue throughout the United States, with Illinois being the state with the highest number of sex trafficking occurrences. Program presenters will include local residents Diane Mayfield and Janice Rockwell, as well as Dana Pfeiffer, Founder/Director of Grounds of Grace, a not for profit 501 c3 that supports victims and survivors of sex trafficking in several Illinois cities.

Diane Mayfield served as Victim Services Director with the Western Illinois Regional Council-Community Action Agency for almost 20 years and continues to assist with grant writing at the agency. Before moving to the area she taught in Kansas public schools for 27 years and volunteered as a public speaker, professional trainer, and victim advocate for the Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault in Kansas City and the surrounding area.

Janice Rockwell, after a career as an art teacher and a school counselor in west central Illinois, founded, with other concerned people, Western Illinois Traffic Stop (WITS). WITS focuses mainly on “increasing awareness about the staggering reality of people enslaved in sex trafficking globally, nationally and regionally.”  The group has shared information about the issue with the Regional Office of Education and continues to work with educators, social workers, school psychologists and therapists within the region.

Dana Pfeiffer founded Grounds of Grace which helps survivors and provides a home for women recovering from the effects of sex trafficking. Grounds of Grace, a statewide organization, is unique in that it meets each person where they are whether this is in a home, jail, prison, shelter, psych unit or on the streets. Programs are managed by volunteer counselors and supported through community resources and facilities that respond to the medical, psychological, legal, transportation, educational and religious needs of each survivor who wants to take personal ownership in their recovery. In addition, Grounds of Grace works with legislative and human trafficking task forces and partners with individuals and organizations to secure judicial, legal, and legislative support to address the problem of trafficking on a systemic level.

The presenters will discuss the prevalence and varied forms of sex trafficking as well as the importance of recognizing traits that help identify victims.

The MFN program is open to the public. Because it is crucial that members of law enforcement, medical and mental health providers, and educators recognize and report possible cases of sex trafficking, they are particularly encouraged to attend.  For further information about the program, contact Melanie Rawlins at Dr. Rawlins, Professor Emerita and former chair of Western Illinois University’s Department of Counselor Education, will moderate the discussion.

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