SHERIDAN — Each spring, The Sheridan Press hosts the FAB Women's Conference at Sheridan College and honors women from around the community, nominated by friends, family and coworkers for the FAB Woman of the Year award.
Due to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the event for this year was canceled.
With 11 nominees so worthy of recognition, though, organizers of the event have partnered with the Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce to honor the women nominated for the award during the October Chamber luncheon, set for Oct. 14.
Nominees are evaluated by the FAB planning committee based on leadership, volunteer work and overall efforts to improve the Sheridan County community. Past nominees have included teachers, mentors, administrators, volunteers and caregivers. Requirements for the award are intentionally left broad, because committee members noted women contribute to the community in a variety of ways.
When seeking nominations, the FAB planning committee only asks that nominees exemplify strength and determination, adaptability and humanity, vision, leadership and integrity.
Each nominee will be recognized at the FAB Woman of the Year luncheon as part of the Chamber luncheon in October.
The following are the nominees (in alphabetical order) for 2020:
• Jill Bates — As a parent and business owner, Bates focuses much of her time volunteering as a parent support organizer and liaison, coaching and organizing groups to participate in volunteer activities or events.
• Kathy Bede — Owner of Verdello, Bede has a long history of involvement with volunteer activities, according to her nominator. She has been active with the Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce and works to partner with other downtown businesses and nonprofits.
• Jen Crouse — As executive director of Sheridan College Foundation, Crouse works behind the scenes often to ensure projects and causes gain traction. She has served with the Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce and Rotary, among other activities.
• Mary Beth Evers — A retired teacher, Evers has made a widespread impact through her passion to help others succeed and through her work with nonprofits like Habitat for Humanity, The Food Group and others.
• Bonnie Gregory — Gregory, founder of Rooted in Wyoming, has served the community through a variety of nonprofits, including 4-H, FFA, youth rodeo, community gardens, Downtown Sheridan Association events and more.
• Elaine Olafson Henry — A lifetime student, Henry has served or currently serves on a large number of boards and committees, including the Center for a Vital Community, Dementia Friendly Wyoming, the University of Wyoming Art Museum National Advisory Board and Sheridan Public Arts Committee.
• Tina Krueger — Principal and owner of Steady Steam Hydrology, Krueger volunteers at schools, church and local nonprofits ranging from Lunch Together soup kitchen to Trout Unlimited.
• Stella Montano — After retiring from The Hub on Smith, Montano has stayed busy volunteering with a variety of organizations like the Sheridan Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, Life Link and Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce, among others.
• Elizabeth Moore — Investing time and passion in worthy causes, Moore has served in a volunteer capacity for organizations such as The Food Group, Bought Beautifully and ministry.
• Rhonda Weber — Through the Advocacy and Resource Center, Weber serves victims of crime throughout the community. Beyond that, she volunteers for support groups and hotlines, athletic teams and more.
• Alison Wigglesworth — Currently working with Frontier Asset Management, Wigglesworth has volunteered with Bought Beautifully, KidsLife, Big Horn Education Fund and Legacy Pregnancy Center, among a number of other activities.
In addition to the recognition of these 11 women, WWC Engineering President and CEO Brady Lewis will be recognized at the luncheon along with his team as Wyoming Small Business Persons of the Year by the Small Business Administration, Wyoming Business Council and Wyoming Small Business Development Center Network.
To sign up for the event, see the Chamber's website at sheridanwyomingchamber.org in the coming weeks to purchase a lunch ticket.