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Women's History Month Celebration

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Visionary Women in Lake County

Join us as we honor members of our various organizations and

celebrate our Scholarship Awardees.

Tickets for Brunch are $25 each.

There will be a raffle to support Lake County Women's Coalition

Scholarship Fund at CLC.

Plated meal includes choice of Chicken, Vegetarian or Vegan, plus bread and butter, salad, vegetable, potato, dessert and beverage.

WHERE:        Wedgewood at Midlane, 4555 W. Yorkhouse, Wadsworth 60083

TIME:             Doors open at 10 a.m. Plated lunch served at 11 a.m.


Golda Meir - “The Journey Home”How does a girl born in the Ukraine, raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, travel a path that will lead her to become Prime Minister of Israel?

This informative, entertaining program, developed by Jessica Michna, explores that rather circuitous route. What roadblocks and detours were thrown in Golda's way and how did she overcome them? The journey is a fascinating one, filled with joy, sorrow, seriousness and humor.


Women's Equality Day

August 23, 2018 at Warren Newport Library

The Lake County Women’s Coalition invites you to a free showing of “One Woman, One Vote.”

This PBS documentary brings to life through actual photographs and period music the 70-year battle

for woman suffrage that finally culminated in the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment to the Constitution.


THEME: "Women Empowering Women, Fighting All Forms of Discrimination."

The annual WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH event, sponsored by the Lake County Women’s Coalition,

will be celebrated on Saturday, March 3 at Midlane Country Club, Wadsworth, IL.

Cost: $25, includes lunch. Registration begins at 10 a.m. Lunch served at 11 a.m.

100% of the proceeds benefit our Scholarship fund.

Featuring Betsey Means, professional actress who will portray
Alicia Appleman-Jurman's book, "Alicia, My Story"
The story of a young girl who managed to survive the Nazis.

This is a thrilling uplifting story of true-life heroism.


Antioch Junior Woman's Club is honoring Marytherese Ambacher

Association of Women Attorneys of Lake County is honoring Retired Judge Nancy Schuster Waites

Lake County League of Women Voters is honoring Aurie Pennick

Women's Business Exchange is honoring Denise Rotheimer

WINGS is honoring Dulce Ortiz
YWCA of Lake County is honoring Courtney Combs
Zion Woman's Club is honoring Sadie Watts

Thank you to our sponsors:

Leadership ($250)

Association of Women Attorneys of Lake County, Women's Business Network (WBN). Women's Business Exchange

Making an Impact ($100)

Right at Home, Antioch Junior Woman's Club, Debbie Larker, First Midwest Bank

Martin Financial Resources, LLC, Waukegan Woman's Club

Supporter Sponsor

Kirsten's Hope Scholarship Fund

2017 Women's Equality Day Event

The annual Equality Day, sponsored by the Lake County Women’s Coalition, was celebrated on Thursday, Aug. 24, at 7:00 p.m. at the Warren Newport Public Library community room in Gurnee.  The program included a dramatic book reviewer Jenny Riddle, who captivated the 100+ audience as she presents three women in Cokie Roberts’ book Capital Dames: The Women of the Civil War.

While portraying Abigail Adams, Elizabeth Blair Lee, and Dorothea Dix, Jenny also brought other famous women into the conversation, explaining not only how they reacted to and influenced the war but also how they moved women further toward enlightenment and equality.




FEATURING: Mary Harris “Mother” Jones: The March of the Mill Children

In the spring of 1903 Mother Jones, a forceful & controversial labor leader, left the Philadelphia area with striking textile workers including 16,000 children to march 125 miles to the Oyster Bay, Long Island home of President Roosevelt. The three-week march was part of the fight for fair wages & decent working conditions for workers.

Betsey Means, Artistic Director of Woman Lore, portrays Mother Jones.  Woman Lore is dedicated to bringing little known women of history to life by adapting the women’s own writings.  Through her rousing performance Betsey entertains & inspires with this example of what one dedicated woman can accomplish.

Cost: $20 (no tickets issued, check in at registration table)

Where: Bonnie Brook Golf Course, 2800 N. Lewis Avenue, Waukegan   Time: Registration begins at 8:45, Plated Brunch served at 9:30


Joanne Fratianni; Association of Women Attorneys of Lake County

Jean O’Brian Gibbons; League of Women Voters

Wanda Hagerty; Waukegan Woman’s Club

Caroline Anne Jacobson; Aux Plaines Chapter of the Intl. Assn. of Women Pilots

Mary Alyce Kielp; AAUW Waukegan Area Branch

Millie Lang; Waukegan Women’s City Club

Terry Waddell Moenter; WINGS

Cheri Neal; Zion Woman’s Club

Ainsley Brook Wonderling; Antioch Junior Woman’s Club


Lake County Women Who Made History

All Coalition organization members and their guests are invited to attend the Annual Brunch to be held at Bonnie Brook Golf Course, 2800 N. Lewis Avenue, Waukegan. Registration begins at 8:45 a.m. Cost is $20. (Tables of 8, open seating)

The theme this year is Working Hard to Form a More Perfect Union: Honoring Women in Public Service and Government.

Our keynote speaker is Annette Baldwin who, in portraying Jane Addams, exhibits the distinguished humanitarian’s warmth, strength of character, and her extraordinary ability to effect social change in America. Addams’ struggle to find a meaningful purpose is illuminated, and as the story progresses, we discover some of the experiences which helped Addams find the direction she longed for.

The Women's History Month celebration is important to the mission of the Lake County Women's Coalition as it is our only fundraiser for the year to support our Scholarship fund. The scholarship awardees will be invited to attend.

EMPOWERMENT SPONSORS ($250): Association of Women Attorneys of Lake County, Beckman Brothers, Inc. Heating & Air Conditioning; Cancer Treatment Centers of America at Midwestern Regional Medical Center, Women's Business Exchange, Women's Business Network

LEADERSHIP SPONSORS ($100): Antioch Junior Women's Club; First Midwest Bank, Gurnee Community Bank; MICHE - Debbie Larker; Waukegan Woman's Club

CONTRIBUTORS Kathleen Curtin sponsor for the Junior ROTC Color Guard from Waukegan High School; Underwriting of Centerpieces: Stephanie Smith-Howard, Cheryl Hudson Jackson, Dee Jay Kweder; Office Center of Gurnee for printing of program and bios of honorees.

2015 Women's Equality Day Event

Lake County Women Who Made History

Tue., Aug. 25, 7pm (doors open at 6:30pm at Warren-Newport Library,  O'Plaine Rd. near Washington)

Presenter: Diana Dretske, Lake County Historian, Collections Coordinator, Lake County Discovery Museum

Women have been reformers, suffragettes and history-makers. Hear true stories of their noteworthy accomplishments and sometimes notorious deeds. Meet women’s historian Barbara Joan Zeitz, author of A Thesaurus of Women: From Cherry Blossoms to Cell Phones, and Mary Goljenboom, author of Have Courage, Work Hard: Quotations on Work and Success from the First Women of Business. Celebrate Women’s Equality Day, learn about our foremothers, enjoy refreshments and conversation, and purchase books from the authors, including Diana’s Lake County, Illinois: An Illustrated History.

Pre-registration is required.  Go to the library's website, wnpl.info, click on calendar tab and find AUGUST, TUESDAY 25, click on Lake County Women Who Made History and complete registration form.



Women's Equality Day Event

Thursday evening, August 14, 2014

The Coalition will celebrate Women's Equality Day earlier this year to encourage attendance from

high school teachers and students, along with its member organizations.

Leveling the Playing Field

"Do the unwritten rules hold women back?"

This FREE Seminar will feature video clips depicting women's equality or lack of, followed by a video lecture by Shelly Correll, Professor of Sociology at Stanford University from the Lean In lecture series.

Break out discussion groups will be facilitated by The Rev. Eileen Shanley-Roberts, Rector, Christ Episcopal Church, Waukegan. Attendees will come away with solutions to reduce, or even eliminate, bias.

Registration 6:30 p.m. at Cultural and Civic Center of Round Lake Beach, 2007 Civic Center Way, RLB, IL 60073.

Pre-Register with your Lake County Women's Coalition Representative by AUGUST 6, or send an email with SUBJECT LINE:  "Equality Day Reservation" to Debbie Larker This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . For more information you can call Debbie Larker at 847-362-8885.

CLICK HERE to download the FLYER.

Women's History Month Annual Brunch Saturday, March 1, 2014

The Lake County Women's Coalition will celebrate Women's History Month on Saturday, March 1, 2014.  All Coalition organization members and their guests are invited to attend the Annual Brunch to be held at Brae Loch Golf Club, 33600 N. Highway 45 in Grayslake. Registration begins at 9 a.m. Cost is $10.  Sponsors include: Empowerment Sponsors: Cancer Treatment Centers of America and Women's Business Network; Leadership Sponsors: Gurnee Community Bank, Right at Home, Women's Business Exchange; Making an Impact Sponsors: CHJ Consulting, Martha Colstrom, Teresa Williams, YWCA Lake County.

The theme this year is Celebrating Women of Character, Courage and Commitment. Nominees from each of our member organizations will be honored. The stories of women’s achievements are integral to the fabric of our history.  Learning about Lake County women’s tenacity, courage, and creativity throughout the centuries is a tremendous source of strength. Knowing women’s stories provides essential role models for everyone. And role models are genuinely needed to face the extraordinary changes and unrelenting challenges of the 21st century.

Our keynote speaker is Barbara Joan Zeitz, MA, author of A Thesaurus of Women From Cherry Blossoms to Cell Phones. Ms. Zeitz holds a master's degree in women's studies and has convened with women nationwide and in Sweden, Spain, Africa, Japan, Belize and Mexico. Her books will be available for sale at the event.

The Women's History Month celebration is important to the mission of the Lake County Women's Coalition as it is our only fundraiser for the year to support our Scholarship fund. The scholarship awardees will be invited to attend.

Tickets are $10 each with all proceeds benefitting the Coalition's Scholarship Fund. To purchase tickets contact your Coalition Member Organization Liaison or Helen Scott at 846-336-1795.


Women's Equality Day Celebration Wednesday, August 28, 2013

This year the Coalition is happy to invite two speakers for our annual Women's Equality Day celebration.  Deborah Fandrei, Curator of the Raupp Museum in Buffalo Grove will present BALLOTS, BABES AND BEER -- a look at the women's suffrage movement from an Illinois perspective.

Katherine Hamilton-Smith, Director of Lake County Discovery Museum, will present postcards from that era from the Curt Teich Postcard Archives.

The event is FREE to Coalition members and their friends, however reservations are required. Contact your Coalition liaison to save your spot or call Debbie Larker at 847-362-8885.

The event will take place at Robert Morris University, 1507 Waukegan Road in Waukegan (just south of Rt. 120 Belvidere Road). Registration is at 6 p.m. and the program will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. The only refreshments will be water so please plan accordingly.


Women's History Month Annual Brunch Saturday, March 9, 2013

The 2013 theme, Women Inspiring Innovation Through Imagination: Celebrating Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

Lake County Women's Coalition will present a PowerPoint presentation highlighting women in STEM careers, nationally, locally and showcasing the women nominated by the coalition members.

Lise Eliot PhD, author of Pink Brain, Blue Brain and What’s Going On in There? will be the keynote speaker. Dr. Eliot is Associate Professor of Neuroscience at The Chicago Medical School of Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science. Dr. Eliot lectures widely on children’s brain and mental development and lives in Lake Bluff. Her books will be available for purchase at the event.

Tickets are $10 each with all proceeds benefitting the Coalition's Scholarship Fund. To purchase tickets contact your Coalition Member Organization Liaison or Helen Scott at 846-336-1795. Click here to download flyer.


Women's Equality Day Celebration  Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at Robert Morris University, 1507 Waukegan Road, Waukegan, IL

Are women at war or not? Issues directly affecting women and families are under attack!

Learn more about these issues before you cast your vote this Fall at the Annual Women's Equality Day event sponsored by the Lake County Women's Coalition. Light snack and beverage will be provided.

Join us for a non-partisan panel discussion that goes deeper into the issues directly affecting women, children and families. Panelists include Barbara Joan Zeitz, M.A. and Author from American Association of University Women, Rosemary Heilemann, Director, League of Women Voters of Lake County and Cheryl Hudson-Jackson, Director of HR and Operations at the YWCA Lake County.   RSVP by August 21 to Coalition Representative.


Women's History Month Annual Brunch March 10, 2012

The 2012 Theme, Women's Education - Women's Empowerment, recognizes the pioneering leadership of women and their impact on the DIVERSE areas of education.  This annual event is limited to coalition members and their guests. The program will feature a panel discussion moderated by Barbara Richardson, the Coalition's founder, with three women representing very diverse areas of women's education. Panelists include: Patricia Donald, the Associate Director, Population Health Services, Lake County Health Department/Community Health Center, Jennifer Witherspoon, Legal Liaison/Director of Diversion Programs Lake County Sheriff's Office and Teresa Aguinaldo, Director and Founder of the Women’s Center at the College of Lake County.

The event will take place in the lower level of State Bank of the Lakes, 50 Commerce Drive, Grayslake, IL 60030.

Click here to see our 2012 LCWC Brunch Flyer (pdf).

Tea Parties

It started in 1995 with our first Tea Party uniting numerous women's organizations in Lake County. The last Tea Party was held in 2009 with the theme "Remembering the Women Who Started the Ripple."  Here are some photos from the 2005 Tea Party, "Celebrating a Global Sisterhood."



2011 Women's History Month

"Our History is Our Strength" theme of Coalition's Women's History Month annual event

Several of the members are the founders of their respective organizations in Lake County. The Coalition members being honored include (living or deceased): Margaret Kaiser (d.) long time member of both YWCA Lake County and AAUW Waukegan; Stephanie Sulthin (d.), Altrusa International Lake County, Sue DeWulf, Aux Plaines Chapter 99s; Emily Rees Wilcox, Virginia Blomquist, and Doris Devore of Waukegan Area Church Women United; Mary Leben, Women’s Business Exchange; Sally Zeit, League of Women Voters Lake County; Virginia Fiester Frederick (d.), Women Interested in Government, Margaret Young, Waukegan Women’s City Club and Eleanor Luby, Beta Signa Phi. The honorees were recognized at a brunch taking place Saturday, March 26, at State Bank of the Lakes, 50 Commerce Drive in Grayslake.

Our HISTORY is Our Strength also paid tribute to Women Firsts, those women both nationally and locally, who helped 
create a better world for the times in which they lived as well as for future generations.

Click here to see media coverage.

2010 Women's History Month

March 20, 2010 Lake County Women’s Coalition celebrated Women’s Histroy Month at State Bank of the Lakes in Grayslake. The theme was Writing Women Back into History.

It often seems that the history of women is written in invisible ink. Even when recognized in their own times, women are frequently left out of the history books. To honor our 2010 theme, the Lake County Women’s Coalition highlighted women who served during World War II.

WWII women








Norma Dilger Colby (Niles, formerly of Waukegan) joined the Civil Defense Corps where her first duty was Alarm Operator whereby she was trained to notify military installations in the area that an unidentified aircraft was in the vicinity. Colby rolled bandages to be sent to both the Pacific and European theaters for the American Red Cross and sold war bolds in her neighborhood in Waukegan. She also volunteered at two USOs.

Mary Jane Lucas (Grayslake) was 21 years old when she joined the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps (WAACS) and was sent to Fort Des Moines, Iowa, the only training center for women. During basic training she lived with 299 other women in a horse stable for 30 days. Lucas’ jobs included testing all food purchased by the Army making sure it was safe to eat.  She also worked in the medical separation center at Fort Sheridan where discharge protocol made sure that men and women were treated equally as they were discharged from their military service on a point system.

Sophia Ninos (Waukegan) joined the Navy and was stationed at Chelsea Naval Hospital in Boston and the hospital at Bethesda, Maryland where she was trained as a Petty Officer Pharmacist Mate. Because of her advanced education and training she was assigned to work with men and women suffering from combat fatigue. During her two years of service one of her highlights was meeting Admiral Bird. Ninos’ sister also served in the Navy as a Dental Hygienist.

Virginia Rabung (d. 2012) joined the Civil Air Corps and served in the 9th Naval District. Her role was serving as a secretary to one of the main officers in charge of securing materials for the war effort. At 93 years of age, she wrote a book about her life in the Civil Air Corp and her many trips throughout the world as a private pilot.

Dorothy Volkert (Antioch) immediately enrolled in The Grace Hospital Nursing School in Detroit following the attack on Pearl Harbor. She then joined the Army Nurse Corps serving on the US Hospital Ship, Charles A. Stafford as 1st Lieutenant.

Margaret "Peggy" Wade (Waukegan) On the very first day that the Navy was opened for female recruits, Margaret Riley enlisted and became WAVE Riley at the age of 22 on September 1, 1942. Initially she was a Yeoman and then went on to Cryptographer School in San Francisco and was assigned to Pearl Harbor for 14 months. She worked for the Commander Air Pacific as clerk/secretary and then encoded messages to be sent to ships and stations throughout the Pacific.

Evelyn Walden (Waukegan) enlisted in the Women’s Army Corps (WACS) in October 1944 at the age of 19 “because I wanted to get away from home.”  The work of the WACs was to serve in a noncombatant military job to “free a man for combat." They worked as typists, stenographers, translators, etc, as well as in purchasing offices to keep supplies flowing to the field of combat.

Jean Keehn, (Libertyville) joined the Coast Guard SPARS where she was stationed on the Navy Base at Portsmouth, Virginia where Navy ships, even Russian Navy ships, pulled in to have their radios fixed. One of the first lessons she learned was to take commands and do what she was told to do. “It seems that Jean never heard the command to ‘halt’ because she has been marching to a volunteer’s beat, putting in 20,000 hours of volunteer time at the VA Hospital in North Chicago and has served as Commander of the 10th District American Legion,” added Barbara Richardson.

In closing, Barbara Richardson thanked our Women Warriers for sharing their powerful stories. “Ever so proudly we hail every woman who served in uniform and in other special ways during World War II. We’re proud to write you back into history during Women’s History Month."