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The Kansan - Newton, KS
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  • Williams of Newton named Kansas woman of distinctionNewton resident Melynnie Williams (wife of Tom, CEO at Asbury Park) recently was named one of the 2012 Kansas Women of Distinction and was honored at a Publication Party with other women from the area that also were honored.They were each given a Tribute Book that had their photos and bios in it and heard how the event supported the organization, Dress for Success. The reception, presented by Dress for Success, was Nov. 13 at The Adobe Venue in Wichita and was their fourth annual event. The honorees had their tributes presented and read by Bonnie Bing Honeyman and Sierra Scott, who were co-chairs that evening.Melynnie (Mel) Williams is active in her church, the community and Sweet Adeline’s. Her church activities have included directing choirs and chairing the worship committee. She’s president of her P.E.O. chapter and board member of the community theater, where she also sings and performs.She has memberships in four Sweet Adeline choruses and is the director of the Wichita Chorus. She is the bass of Zing!, the 2010 International Quartet Champions. She shares her musical knowledge as a coach with other choruses and quartets. Her husband of 31 years is Tom, and they have three daughters, Chelsea, Caitlyn and Chandler.“The Women of Distinction tribute book is an opportunity to not only honor a woman who has been a positive influence in your life, has given you a hand or simply offered needed encouragement, but also to raise money for the local Dress for Success organization which, in turn, gives women help, hope and a whole lot more,” a news release stated.Dress for Success Wichita is a nonprofit organization focused on empowering women. The mission of Dress for Success is to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.Women’s Center to relocate to main hospital buildingThe Women’s Center at Newton Medical Center is moving from its current space in the Medical Office Plaza to its newly renovated home in the main hospital building. The move will take place Dec. 27, with no disruption in service during the transition.“Our new space will not only offer a comfortable environment to our patients,” said Tom Wells, director of imaging at Newton Medical Center, “but also provide radiologists with easier access to patients in both the hospital and Women’s Center. Our hope is to reduce wait times for patients while continuing to provide state-of-the-art diagnostic care.”Women’s Center offers advanced imaging services for women, including digital mammography, sonography, bone densitometry, stereotactic breast biopsies and ultrasounds.The public is invited to view the new space from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Jan. 30, as part of a Newton Chamber of Commerce After Hours event.Newton Medical Center is a comprehensive 103-bed hospital in Newton, offering full-service medical care in Harvey, Butler and northern Sedgwick counties. For more information about Newton Medical Center, call 283-2700 or visit www.newtonmedicalcenter.com.Votes coming in for “Money Talks” video contestEthan Harvey, 16, of Wichita, is a finalist in the Everence Financial “Money Talks” video contest. Harvey is one of seven that made the final cut as visitors to the Everence website at www.everence.com/moneytalks can vote now through Jan. 15, 2013, for their favorite videos.Everence received a number of entries from young people from across the country, ranging in age from 15 to 25. The theme “Money Talks: The World is Listening” encouraged people to think and talk about the role of money in the world today.Visitors can vote once a day. The finalist who receives the most votes will win the contest and a cash prize, as well as a grant to their favorite charity. Awards also will go to the second- and third-place vote getters and their selected charities. Counters on the page show the voting trends. Everence will announce the winners on Jan. 16.Everence helps individuals, organizations and congregations integrate finances with faith through a national team of advisors and representatives, a news release said. Everence offers banking, insurance and financial services with community benefits and stewardship education.For more information, contact Pete Flaming at (877) 467-6792 or pete.flaming@everence.com.
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