Centralia BPW Woman of the Year
On Sunday, October 19 the Centralia Business and Professional Women’s Club named the 2014 Woman of the Year.
This year’s recipient, Karen Walsh, selflessly gives and gives and gives. And always with a smile on her face, greeting you with a cheerful word and never saying no.
She helps prepare, serve, and clean-up for the Friendship Meal once a month at Calumet Street Christian Church which she has done for the last five years. She volunteers at the Centralia Cultural Society helping to decorate for events, serve, usher, and clean and sort supplies and materials.
She is very active in her church where she serves as clerk and has been a one-person courtesy committee for the past five years sending cards for every members’ birthday, anniversary, and illness as well as special holidays and cards to the shut-in’s. She tends the gardens of the church like they were her own by planting flowers, weeding and decorating for the holidays.
She is active in Church Women United where she holds an office and tirelessly and creatively organizes events. She is a key player in the effort to restore the Illinois Theatre. You can see her at the recycle center, cleaning the city on City-wide Cleanup day, and placing flags in the city for the Fourth of July. She is active in Nu Mu Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi, and serves on the Midland Area Agency on Aging Board. She is a past president of BPW where she has either chaired or served on every committee.
(L to R): Michele Garrison, Karen Walsh and Mary Ann Dulumback