Sowls has served with distinction as a library volunteer for nearly a decade. Her service began simply when she volunteered to “adopt a shelf.” All these years later, she is still keeping that same shelf neat and organized. From that beginning, she has gone on to become a dynamic leader in the Friends of the Library organization. She has been the Chair of the Give-A-Kid-A-Book Committee for the last three years, designing and implementing new strategies for collection and distribution of books to children in the community who might not otherwise have books of their own. In addition, Sowls has initiated and fostered partnerships with other community organizations to support the fundraising potential of the Friends of the Library Book Sales, and to put unsold books into the hands of persons in need.
Sowls is a past Vice President and the current President of the Friends of the Library. It’s clear to those who have worked with her that her feelings towards the library are deep and sincere. Her personal energy and enthusiasm for the Friends’ mission inspires others to give their best to the organization. Sowls herself says her favorite part of her efforts for the Friends is working with the volunteers. “Everyone is so nice and pitches in to help,” she says. “They’re terrific people!”
Previous recipients of the Distinguished Service Award were Cleo Powers, Robert Fraser, Emily Moore, Mary Jurmain, Joan Schnagl, Mildred Larson, Katherine Schneider, Susan Bruce, Grace Rich, Karen Peters, and Karen Overhulser.
The L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library in Eau Claire will host “Figuratively Speaking,” a summer group art, from Monday, June 10, 2019 through Wednesday, August 28, 2019. A reception for the artists will be held Thursday, June 13 from 7 to 8 p.m. in the library’s second floor gallery. When discussing art, the phrase "figuratively speaking" may bring to mind artwork that depicts the human figure. For this show, selected artists were invited to use their imaginations and create a work of art using any media, either two-dimensional or three-dimensional, that relates to their own concept of "figuratively speaking." Stop in to see how this exhibit takes shape!
Royal Credit Union (Royal) held its 55th Annual Meeting on Tuesday, April 30, at Royal’s Corporate Center. Three board members were re-elected to three-year terms— Doug Olson, Jennifer McDonough, and Stuart Schaefer.
- Doug Olson has served on the board since 1995 in the positions of Vice Chairman, Treasurer, and currently Chairman.
- Jennifer McDonough has served on the board since 1997 in the positions of Vice Chairperson and currently Secretary.
- Stuart Schaefer has served on the board since 2010 and is currently Vice Chairman.
At the Reorganization Meeting, Doug Olson was elected Chairman; Stuart Schaefer was elected Vice Chairman; Tom Huffcutt was elected Treasurer; and Jennifer McDonough was elected Secretary. John Sackett, Nancy Beltz, and Bill Blackburn serve as Directors.
At the Annual Meeting, Chairman Olson thanked Members for their continued business and support of the credit union. He also highlighted Royal’s accomplishments over the past year. Through its Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) grant program, Royal has been able to improve local economies and the lives of its Members. In 2018, Royal loaned out $55.3 million in consumer loans and nearly $13.8 million in home loans through the program. Royal also received a first place Desjardins Award for Youth Financial Literacy in Wisconsin and a third place Desjardins Award for Youth Financial Literacy at the national level from the Credit Union National Association. Royal received these awards because of its outstanding youth financial education programs.
Stressing the importance of offering nutritious meals to children during the summer months, the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire announces the sponsorship of the Summer Food Service Program for its Upward Bound participants.
The Summer Food Service Program, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and is administered by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, provides nutritious meals to children during the summer, when free and reduced-price school meals are typically unavailable. Free meals will be made available to children 18 years of age and under. Persons over 18 years of age who are determined by a state or local public educational agency to be mentally or physically disabled and who also participate in a public or private nonprofit school program during the regular school year may receive free meals as well.
Free meals will be served this summer at UW-Eau Claire's Hilltop Center for only those students enrolled in Upward Bound. The dates are Monday-Friday, June 17-July 19. The following week, Monday-Friday, July 22-26, is a scheduled field trip. Meals are provided to eligible children regardless of race, color, national origin, age, gender or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of meal service.
This week, during National Nurses Week, HSHS Sacred Heart and St. Joseph’s hospitals presented the 2019 Nurse Exemplar Awards to two very deserving registered nurses. These peer-nominated awards are the two hospitals’ highest nursing honors and recognize extraordinary nurses who exhibit excellence in caring for patients and families, provide personalized patient care, and have a superior level of knowledge and skill.
On May 7 at HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital, the award was presented to Ann Lane, RN, who works in the L.E. Phillips-Libertas Treatment Center in Chippewa Falls. Wrote a nominator, “While her knowledge and excellent patient care is second to none, the most notable trait of Ann is how she cares for her coworkers. Working with her has been one of the most professionally and personally rewarding experiences I have had. Ann is the nurse that I am striving to be.”
On May 8 at HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital, the award was presented to Michelle Willcutt, RN, who works in the critical care department. Wrote a nominator, “Michelle tailors her nursing care to the needs of the individual patient. No matter how busy things get, patients, family members and colleagues know they have her undivided attention. Michelle creates a compassionate, supportive and therapeutic environment for patients and staff with the aim of promoting comfort and healing.”
“I consider it an honor and blessing to support such a talented and patient-centered team of nurses,” said Jennifer Drayton, Chief Nursing Officer, HSHS Sacred Heart and St. Joseph’s hospitals. “Our award recipients are shining example of all that is right in nursing today.”
This year marks the 13th year that HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital has given this honor, and the third year that HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital has done so.
The Board of Directors of WNB Financial is pleased to announce the election of Russell Meyer and Thomas Crowley to serve on the Bank’s Board of Directors. Russell Meyer serves as Chief Executive Officer of California Overland Ltd., a premier refrigerated trucking company in Wabasha, Minn. After launching the company with one truck in December 2001, Meyer has led his team of 250 employees to sales of over $60 million, all while focusing on high quality service, driver safety, and state of the art equipment, maintenance, and systems. Meyer is very active in the community, currently volunteering his time with the Wabasha-Kellogg Area Community Foundation, Theilman Sportsman’s Club, The Bluffs Country Club & Golf Course, and St. Joseph’s Parish.
Thomas Crowley is President & CEO of Saint Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Wabasha. His career with the medical center spans 48 years, and he currently oversees facility operations, strategic planning, new program and services development, community health needs assessments, community collaboration, and building project coordination. Crowley holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota and a MBA from St. Thomas University. He serves on many community boards and associations, including the Wabasha Economic Development Committee, the Wabasha Rotary Club, the Wabasha-Kellogg Area Chamber of Commerce, and St. Agnes Parish.