Eight area women and one local business will be recognized for their extraordinary efforts and accomplishments in the community at the 40th annual presentation of the YWCA Woman of Achievement awards.
The honorees were selected from nominations in each category submitted earlier this year by colleagues, family and friends.
A dinner will be held to honor their accomplishments April 18 at The Tuscany Special Events Center at Rastrelli’s Restaurant in Clinton. Social time will begin at 5:30 p.m. with dinner at 6 p.m. Tickets are $25, or $20 for those 60 and older. To join in the celebration, reservations may be made through April 15 by calling 242-2110.
CIVIC/COMMUNITY WOMAN OF ACHIEVEMENT – FRANCES BICKELHAUPT
Frances Bickelhaupt’s nominators, Anne Schmidt and Margo Hansen, wrote, “Although in her 90s, she is still learning, sharing her knowledge and encouraging others to do the same.”
A life-long resident of Clinton, volunteering was always a part of her family; she began with teaching Sunday school and went on to volunteer at Jane Lamb Hospital, and is a 50-year member of the Agatha Auxiliary, now Mercy Auxiliary. She was also a member of the Visiting Nurse Board of Directors for many years.
In the 1970s, seeing a need for environmental education in Clinton, she and her husband established an outdoor museum, Bickelhaupt Arboretum. Frances remembers the many years of mowing the grounds and enjoyment brought from bringing this gift to the community. She was the program developer for community environment education for over 40 years. The Arboretum offers classes and tours year-round, drawing not only local visitors and students but also guests from all over the country and world.
As her activity level has changed over the years, she now spends time knitting prayer shawls for hospital patients and friends. Frances and her husband Bob were married for 65 years and have two daughters, three grandchildren and five great grandchildren.