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Writing Women into History Award: Call for 2019 Nominations

The Macomb Feminist Network (MFN) is accepting nominations for its 2019 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, 2) have been exceptional role models, and 3) through their initiatives, advocacy and/or engagement have made extraordinary contributions within the local community.

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.

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 Maquire, Pamella McLean, and Becky Parker (2017), and Sally Egler, Martha Klems, Maurine Magliocco, and Paula Wise (2018).

The 2019 recipients of the Award will be honored at a brunch reception hosted by the Macomb Feminist Network on Saturday March 2, 2018, from 10:00 am to noon at the Wesley Village Community Center.

WWIH 2019 Nomination Form (click to download Word document)

WWIH 2019 Nomination Form (click to download fillable PDF file)

Completed nomination forms and letters should be sent to Margaret Ovitt via email (Ovitt@macomb.com) or Macomb Feminist Network, P. O. Box 765, Macomb, IL 61455.  The deadline for nominations is Friday, November 30, 2018.

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MFN Summer Social, July 26, City Hall, 4-5:30 p.m.

The Macomb Feminist Network will hold a Summer Social on Thursday, July 26 in the Community Room of Macomb’s City Hall from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.

We’ll include a quick review of our 2017-2018 programs and a brief preview of potential 2018-2019 programs.

Our 2018-2019 year begins in September. We are changing the date of that first meeting from the second week of the month to the third week (September 15) to accommodate members involved in Art in the Park, the Friends of the Library Book Sale, and the Balloon Rally scheduled for the second Saturday.

Members, friends, and potential new members are welcome. Feel free to bring an hors d’oeuvre to share if you would like.

We hope you can join us!

2018 Writing Women Into History

2018 Writing Women

2018 Writing Women Into History Recipients

The Macomb Feminist Network has selected Sally Egler, Martha Klems, Maurine Magliocco, and Paula Wise to receive its 2018 Writing Women into History Award. The women will be honored at a Saturday, March 3, reception at the Wesley Village Community Center for their outstanding contributions to the local community.

The Macomb Feminist Network established the Writing Women into History Award because women have often been overlooked in history. Through the 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.

Sally Egler, beyond the impact she has had during her 20 years as a respected teacher at Macomb Public High School, has been particularly active in the League of Women Voters. A member for 25 years, she has served as the League’s Vice-President and as Chair of the Voters Service Committee and has been the principal organizer of the forums the League sponsors to introduce voters to candidates seeking local elected offices. Egler has also been a member of the Macomb Zoning Board of Appeals, a volunteer at the West Central Illinois Arts Center, a reader for Western Illinois University’s Radio Information Services, a member of the Community/ University Partnership Program (CUPP) and a founding member of the Macomb Feminist Network. She received a Quality of Life Award for her leadership in changing city zoning codes to protect single-family neighborhoods.

Marths Klems has been at the forefront of feminist and civic activism for decades. Since coming to Macomb to teach at Western Illinois University (WIU), she has been exceptionally active in the Western Organization for Women, University Women, the Women’s Center Advisory Board, the Macomb Feminist Reading Group, and the Macomb Feminist Network. Klems has also brought her activism to her service on the Macomb School Board (2003-2011), the McDonough County Democratic Party, the county’s Democratic Coalition, and Indivisible, a grassroots organization promoting progressive political action in local, state, and national government. As a negotiator for non-tenure-track faculty at WIU, she proved to be sharp, flexible, balanced, thorough and articulate, qualities consistently reflected in her activities, whether these are primarily civic or political.

Maurine Magliocco’s impact on Macomb and Western Illinois University revolves most vividly around her roles as the first Director of WIU Women’s Center, as President of the University Professionals of Illinois (UPI), and more comprehensively as an advocate for justice and equity. As Director of WIU’s Women’s Center, she had to secure space and staff before beginning the many programs that provided support for women on campus and in the community, including leadership and diversity workshops and initiatives to counter domestic violence and sexual assault. As President of UPI, Magliocco worked tirelessly with colleagues to strengthen the union’s effectiveness by focusing on shared, issue-defined goals. In these roles and as an advocate for multiple social justice issues she has followed a similar path: thorough study followed by action to impact decision makers and legislative outcomes.

Paula Wise, during her time at Western Illinois University, directed the school psychology program, developing it to meet state and national accreditation standards and prepare students for professional careers. Since her retirement, she has poured her energy into numerous endeavors within the community. She has shown exemplary skills in leadership as Co-chair of the Learning Is Forever (LIFE) program Curriculum Committee, as a member, then President, of the Friends of the Macomb Public Library Board, and as Chair of the Creative Elder Options Committee which revises and distributes free booklets with information on area resources for older adults. Wise has also served as program Chair/Co-chair of the Centennial Morning Rotary and is a reader for WIU’s Radio Information Service. An exceptional role model, she has spearheaded many efforts to meet the health, social, and intellectual needs of the community.

These women join the women who have been honored previously with the Writing Women into History Award: Wanda Black, Mary Ellen Graff, Rosa Julestrom, and Beth Stiffler (2010), Connie Berg, Marcia Moll, and Ruth Parks (2011), Maria Dunstan, Judith Kohler, and Donna Werner (21012), Josephine Johnson, Elizabeth Kaspar, and Janice Welsch (2013), Gordana Rezab, Alice Swain, and Mary Warnock (2014), Lois Ganyard, Margaret Ovitt, and Suzan Nash (2015), Alice Henry, Alta Sargent, and Peggy Scharfenburg (2016); and Lorraine Epperson, Debbie Maguire, Pamella McLean, and Rebecca “Becky” Parker (2017).

The public is invited to join MFN members in honoring this year’s award recipients at Wesley Village Community Center between 10:00 a.m. and noon, on March 3rd. Following a light brunch, honorees will tell their own stories of activism and civic commitment.

2018 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 3, 2018 from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM at Western Illinois University’s Multicultural Center in conjunction with National Women’s History Month.

WWIH 2018 Nomination Form (click to download Word document)

WWIH 2018 Nomination Form (click to download fillable PDF file)

The form and letter should be sent to MFN, P.O. Box 765, Macomb, IL 61455 or emailed to Pamella McLean at pbmclean@yahoo.com. Nominations are due by Thursday, November 30, 2017.

MFN Summer Social, July 27, City Hall, 4-6 p.m.

The Macomb Feminist Network will hold a Summer Social on Thursday, July 27 in the Community Room of Macomb’s City Hall from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

We will be celebrating that 2016-2017 is our fifteenth anniversary! A brief discussion of the past year’s programs and of 2017-2018 programs will also be part of the event.

Members, friends, and potential new members are welcome. Feel free to bring an hors d’oeuvre to share if you would like.

We hope you can join us!

2017 Writing Women Into History

WWIH 2017

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