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Women of Distinction

Do you know her? We’re sure you do …

She’s the woman who is always involved in something — making a difference in her neighborhood, her community, her environment.

She is the one who you always call when you need a helping hand, a person who goes the extra mile to help make life better for others.

She is that person who comes to mind when you think of a big heart and benevolent soul. This woman is the one who many turn to in times of need, whose attitude, efforts and often behind-the-scenes work ethic changes life in a positive way for others.

Illinois Valley Living — the area’s premier quarterly magazine featuring the people, places and things of the Illinois Valley — is proud to present the first annual Women of Distinction Award, honoring the women of the Illinois Valley who have made a difference in the area and who are representative role models as leaders in their fields and communities, as well as those who have made a positive difference in the lives of others.

“We are really excited about developing a program that recognizes women for their outstanding contributions to the communities of the Illinois Valley. Too often women who play a huge role in their success of their community or business are not fully recognized for their accomplishments. This is what Women of Distinction is all about,” Illinois Valley Living Publisher Sam Fisher said.

Illinois Valley Living is asking you to nominate that special woman who has taken a stand, gone that extra mile, made a difference and/or been a role model for others.

Nominations are currently being accepted for this inaugural Women of Distinction Award. Honorees will be chosen by a selection committee from outside the Illinois Valley area.

On Oct. 17, a welcome reception will precede a luncheon and awards ceremony at Deer Park Country Club in Oglesby. Multiple Women of Distinction Award winners will be honored and given the opportunity to share their stories.

“I am really excited about the Women of Distinction Award,” said Illinois Valley Living Editor Terri Simon. “Throughout my nearly 20 years in this business in the Illinois Valley, I have met countless women who are deserving of such an honor. I hope everyone will take a few minutes out of their busy schedules to nominate someone who has gone the extra mile to make life better for others.”

To nominate a Women of Distinction, go to and click on the ad on the right side of the page to complete the nomination form. You can also fill out the nomination form on Page 2 of today’s newspaper. Mail your nomination form to Women of Distinction, c/o Bureau County Republican, Attention: Editor Terri Simon, P.O. Box 340, Princeton, IL 61356

Nominations will be accepted until 5 p.m. Aug. 1. For questions or more information, call 815-875-4461.

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