From left to right: Michelle Garrison, BPW Week Chairwoman, Karen Walsh, BPW Woman of the Year, and Mary Ann Doolenbaugh, BPW Vice Chair.
The Centralia Business and Professional Woman's Club Woman of the Year is Karen Walsh.
Walsh was surprised with the honor at the first ever Woman of the Year Tea held Sunday afternoon at the First Christian Church. She was planning on coming to the event anyway and even baked cookies so she had no idea what was in store for her until her accomplishments were being read. "When they said the person was on the Illinois Theater Board. I thought, 'oh, I looked around and I thought there is no one else on the Illinois Theater Board here'", Walsh said.
Walsh says she enjoys her involvement in various organizations. "I enjoy doing things for St. John's Church, being the clerk and working on the flower garden, being on the Midland Area Agency Board, being in BPW and sorority and being on the Illinois Theater Board," said Walsh.
In presenting the award, the chair of this year's BPW week activities Michelle Garrison noted how the recipient of the award selfishly gives and gives and gives...and always with a smile on her face. Garrison noted Walsh always greets you with a cheerful word and is someone she has never heard say 'no'.
Garrison noted Walsh's work in the monthly Friendship Meal at the Calumet Street Christian Church, as a volunteer for the Centralia Cultural Society, and as a volunteer at the recycling center and city wide cleanup day. She also has helped put up flags in the city for the Fourth of July.
BPW Week activities continue on Monday evening with the Boss of the Year Award which will be presented at a Centralia Chamber Business After Hours at Centralia Manor and Estates.
The past winners of the award pose on Sunday.