The sole mission of the Women of Achievement (WOA) luncheon is to honor the professional contribution, volunteer service and leadership of women. Chartered in 1976, the Zonta Club of Cape Girardeau is the oldest organization to recognize the significant contributions of women for their dedication and commitment to the region. Since the creation of WOA in 2004, over 130 women have been selected from nominations submitted by individuals, organizations and the community. The honorees represent a diverse group of women in our community and are recognized each November at an awards luncheon for the lasting impact each has made on the region. The generous support of corporate and individual sponsors enables the Zonta Club of Cape Girardeau to recognize these deserving women and provide funding to organizations that improve the lives of others locally and worldwide. Additionally, the support of this event has been overwhelming, with more than 550 attending last year.
All honorees have made an enduring impact on their community and in their chosen fields of endeavor. They may advocate against domestic violence and child abuse, or they may share their talents by building schools on foreign mission trips. Some Women of Achievement have used their dental and medical skills to bring comfort to others living in third world countries. They may be educators, building a strong foundation for young minds or be champions for the arts or successful business owners. Some have bravely served their country in the military. They may advocate for justice, fighting poverty or helping animals find their forever homes. All of the honorees continue to make a significant impact through their volunteer work and profession. Their passion and compassion are easily recognized through their daily commitment to the community.
The Zonta Club of Cape Girardeau Foundation was established in 2001 as a 501(c)3 to ensure the longevity of the Women of Achievement Awards and the Foundation’s ability to support worthy organizations and scholarships throughout the region. The Foundation is committed to supporting organizations that improve the lives of others, and all donations are tax deductible.
Last year more than 550 people attended our luncheon and helped us recognize nine extraordinary women. The generous support of corporations and individuals led to proceeds of more than $26,000 that will improve the lives of women in our community and worldwide. THE 2018 EVENT WAS SOLD OUT, SO MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS EARLY! Thank you to our Sponsors & Attendees! For inquires on sponsoring or attending this year's event please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Reservations may be made by calling +1 (573) 225-1619.
This year's event will be held:
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2019
EXPO BEGINS AT 10:30 AM
LUNCHEON 11:30 - 1 PM
DRURY PLAZA CONFERENCE CENTER
In addition to giving back, our luncheon allows us to honor and recognize local women for their accomplishments and contributions to our community. Each year we present a Woman of Achievement Award, a Lifetime Achievement Award, and a Celebration Award. We also recognize local scholarship recipients. Read more about this amazing event through our coverage in the Southeast Missourian!
We are pleased that our 2018 Lifetime Achievement honoree was Dr. Karen Hendrickson. Dr. Hendrickson, retired from Southeast Health in 2011, after a distinguished career as a nurse, administrator, educator and visionary. She began her career at Southeast in 1966, when she helped set up the hospital’s first intensive care unit. She was also instrumental in the development of the hospital’s open heart surgery program. Karen’s primary focus was to help ensure quality nursing education in our region to meet the needs of area patients. She was instrumental in the opening of Southeast Health College of Nursing RN program and Cape Career and Technology Center’s LPN program. For her dedication and hard work, she received the Outstanding Missourian Award, Southeast Missouri State University’s Alumni Merit Award, Advocate of the Year Award and served as President on the Missouri State Board of Nursing; as well as Missouri Organization of Nurse Executives, Eighth District Missouri Nurse’s Association and Sigma Theta Tau Chapter of the International Nursing Honor Society. Karen lives in Cape Girardeau with her husband Jim. They have two grown sons Ryan, Rhett and wife Jennifer and one granddaughter.
Our 2018 Celebration Award recipient was Melissa Daniel Bain. Melissa is a musician, theologian, writer, speaker and philanthropist. After years of travel with Soles4Souls, Melissa saw an opportunity to move beyond the traditional nonprofit model, and founded the 610 Project. Partnering with the Haitian American Caucus, this grassroots organization is focused on sustainable community development through education, vocational training and microenterprise in the communities of Croix des Bouquets and Les Cayes, Haiti. Ultimately, her passion has ignited a fire in the hearts of many throughout the United States and abroad. Melissa inspires us to dream, hope and believe in a better future for all people.
2018 WOMEN OF ACHIEVEMENT NOMINEES
The applications of these nine extraordinary women have been reviewed by Zonta Clubs throughout Missouri to determine the final selection of the Woman of Achievement Award. Judging by these Zonta Clubs is based solely on each nominee’s application and supporting materials. Evaluations are determined by the nominee’s professional contribution, community involvement, awards and recognition and brief essay. The Zonta Club of Cape Girardeau is not involved with the selection of the WOA recipient.