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Women of Distinction Honorees

We invite you to attend our Women of Distinction celebration event on April 23, 2014. Tickets are $50 per person or $25 for students ages 16 and under. Table of 10 is $450 with business signage on table.

For further information or to purchase your tickets, please contact Jennifer Ewan at 217-233-0476.


The 2014 Women of Distinction honorees:

Business or Professional:

Dawn Aubrey (Mansfield)
Dawn is the Director of Dining Services at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she oversees over 1500 employees. She has been in her chosen field for 29 years. Over the course of her career she has completed her PhD, MBA, CCA, CEC and FMP while working full-time. She served as the Altrusa International of Champaign-Urbana President Elect 2012-2014 as well as the Altrusa International Foundation President from 2012-2014.



Public Service:

Mary Timm (Gibson City)
Mary has been a tireless worker as a volunteer in the Gibson City Community. She has been active in many community, church, and school activities. She has also touched the community through her work in the Moose Club, the American Legion, the Red Cross, the local women’s club, and the local Senior Citizen Organization (Telecare). She has been a constant mentor to many through her local Lutheran Church. She has served on the Gibson City Council, American Lutheran Church Council, Red Cross Blood Drive Chair, President-Women of the Moose, American Legion –Treasurer and many other groups in Gibson City. She continues to give back to her community on a daily basis.


Kate Clancy (Urbana)
Dr. Clancy is a Bio-Anthropologist at the University of Illinois. Her educational background includes degrees from Harvard and Yale and her primary area of work as an Anthropologist is on women’s reproductive issues. Dr. Clancy has taken many leadership positions in advocating for women scientists, through her blog on the Scientific American Blog Network. She also serves as a strong and athletic role model for young women as a member of the Twin City Derby Girls.



Ruby Jean McEwan Weathersby (Rantoul)
Ruby is a retired School Board member and longtime Christian educator from Rantoul, IL. She has been involved in Girl Scouts for over 35 years here in the US as well as the Far East and Europe. Ruby served over 14 years on the Rantoul City School boards fighting for smaller classrooms and larger budgets. She is currently the Minister of Christian Education at New Light Baptist church in Rantoul.  Ruby also currently serves at the President of the Women and Professional Business Club. She has always believed in public education and put her money where her mouth is by working tirelessly even in her 78th year of life.



Creative Arts and Entertainment:

Gladys Pope (Urbana)
Gladys is a retired educator from Urbana, IL. Gladys has spearheaded creative arts events in the community highlighting the visual and performing arts. Her skills include playwriting, directing and amassing the needed talents for the final production. She ran a particular event “Stone Soup” which was her effort to raise funds to help with the services rendered for men at the Time Center. Throughout her life she has been influential in the lives of youth and seniors helping them to discover their own creative talents on the stage, in the band room, in the oratory arena, on the dance floor and beyond.