On behalf of the Newton Area Women of the Year Advisory Committee, I want to thank a few of the many people who made the 2017 Women of the Year Celebration a successful event.  We were able to honor Jennifer Koontz, Angie Tatro, and Dede Trumble at our brunch.  We celebrated a 61 year tradition in the Newton Community of honoring outstanding women who have given freely of their time and talents and, as a result, have made our community a better place to live.

We especially want to thank our 2017 sponsors:  The Citizens State Bank; Newton Medical Center; First Bank of Newton; Conrade Insurance Group; Dr. Kent R. Bradley; Midland National Bank; and Drs. McKinney; Simmonds and Simmonds.  We appreciate our in-kind donations from Flowers by Ruzen and Designs by John.  

We give special thanks to those members of the community who wrote nominations and letters of support for many worthy women nominated for this recognition.  We also thank our judges who selected the 2017 honorees; judges remain anonymous and impartial.  We also thank the Meridian Center for helping to host this event.  We appreciate the Meridian Center staff for making this a delightful occasion.  The Newton High School Drama Troupe, led by Michael Parker and Donna Woolery, inspired guests with “Sister Act” selections, reflecting this year’s theme from Mother/Sister Theresa.  In conclusion we thank the Newton media for the excellent coverage of our selection process and coverage of our honorees.  We live in a caring community that has many women deserving of this honor and we look forward to continuing our tradition for years to come.  

___ Ann Adrian, Chairperson of the 2017 WOY Advisory Committee