CLINTON — YWCA Clinton will recognize six individuals and one local business for their extraordinary efforts and accomplishments for the Clinton area at the 45th annual presentation of the YWCA Woman of Achievement awards.
The honorees were selected by past YWCA Woman of Achievement honorees in each category submitted earlier this year by colleagues, family and friends. Excerpts from each honoree’s nomination are included below.
A dinner will be held to honor their accomplishments on April 19 at The Tuscany Special Events Center at Rastrelli’s Restaurant in Clinton. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m., with a welcome at 6 p.m. and dinner to follow. Tickets are $25. To join in the celebration, reservations may be made through today by calling the YWCA at 242-2110 or under the Events link at www.ywcaclinton.org.
COMMUNITY WOMAN OF ACHIEVEMENT — SANDI SILLS
Sandi Sills will receive this year’s Civic/Community Woman of Achievement award. Sandi is a dedicated community volunteer who uses her resources to serve those in need.
She shares her time and talents with the Share Our Sandwiches program, Curtis Mansion, Special Athletes, and countless nonprofit organizations in Clinton County.
PROFESSIONAL WOMAN OF ACHIEVEMENT —IDELL KLIEN
Idell Klein, owner of Renaissance Resale Boutique and Marketing Liaison for the Clinton-area Necker’s Jewelers, will be recognized as the Professional Woman of Achievement.
Before these roles and opportunities, Idell was manager for sales and operations of high volume, fine jewelry stores in major metropolitan areas. Idell is active in the Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce and is an instrumental part of the Pur-Suits program, which aims to clothe women in confidence with interview and work-appropriate clothing.
COUNTY WOMAN OF ACHIEVEMENT — DONNA SIMMONS
Donna Simmons of Preston will be recognized as this year’s County Woman of Achievement. Donna is employed with Clinton National Bank as an Assistant Vice President and the Preston Office Manager.
Donna serves her community through a variety of ways. Donna is a member of the Preston Library Board and Treasurer of Preston Manna Center.
For over 25 years, has Donna volunteered to place American flags on veterans’ graves in four cemeteries in the Preston area for Memorial Day celebrations. She also volunteers her time to assist the Jackson County Relay for Life and Blue Ribbon Foundation. Donna is also a member of the Preston Legion Auxiliary and St. Joseph’s Church.
RELIGIOUS WOMAN OF ACHIEVEMENT — LT. STEPHANIE HARTLEY
Lt. Stephanie Hartley of the Salvation Army will be recognized as the Religious Woman of Achievement.
Not only is she a wife and a mother to three handsome boys, but she also shares her love with her church congregation and many others in the community. She is an active member in many community groups, including the Council of Social Service Agencies, Kiwanis, the Anti-Human Trafficking Committee, the River City Municipal Band, and serves as the president of the Clinton Ministerial Association.
She plans to share her love of God with the community through the gifts He has blessed her with as long as she is able to serve here in Clinton.
YOUNG WOMAN OF ACHIEVEMENT — SIDNEY SMITH
Sidney Smith is a senior at Clinton High School and will be honored as this year’s Young Woman of Achievement. Her parents are Scott and Tracy Smith, and she has an older sister, Audrey. Sidney was inducted into the National Honors Society as a junior and she is currently serving as president.
Sidney maintained a 5.0 grade-point average with all honors and AP courses. Sidney is part of the high school band, competed with the golf team, and was part of Fellowship for Christian Athletes. Currently, Sidney volunteers at the Evangelical Free Church on Sunday mornings in the nursery and Wednesday nights for the Awana program.
Sidney helps with the middle school youth group to organize games and serves as a mentor for the girls. This past summer, Sidney was part of a service trip to Ecuador where she helped school-age children in their after-school program with homework and games. Sidney hopes to go on to Iowa State University to earn a teaching degree in math/calculus, with the possibility of earning a master’s degree to teach at the college level.
BUSINESS LEADER — THE PAINTED ROOSTER
The Painted Rooster will receive the 2018 Business Leader award. In the summer of 2012, Garry Land started contemplating retirement after owning his own medical practice in Clinton for 30-plus years.
Both his daughters, Emily Steenhard and Erin George, worked for him at the time. Sandra Land, Garry’s wife, had always dreamed of owning her own boutique, so out of this desire and the need for new jobs for Emily and Erin, The Painted Rooster was founded and opened in August 2012.
They pride themselves on carrying unique, high-quality clothing, gifts and home goods that you can’t find anywhere else in the area, all while keeping family first. They hope to continue to be a staple in the area for many years to come.
UNSUNG HERO/YWCA HONOREE — JESSE LAWSON
Jesse Lawson currently serves as a YWCA volunteer and chairman of the Clinton Half Marathon Race. He will receive this year’s Unsung Hero/YWCA Honoree award.
He is a member of the both the YWCA Finance and Personnel committees. Jesse puts words into action and is more than just a face at committee meetings, but a valuable contributor. For example, in 2016 Jesse helped to remove the old carpeting in the YWCA historic building and completed the plumbing and installation of the YWCA smoothie bar. Jesse’s generosity of his time and talent has positively impacted YWCA Clinton.