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Salute to Women Banquet set for Monday night

WORTHINGTON -- A yearly celebration honoring the women of the Worthington area will take place next Monday night. The 46th annual Salute to Women Banquet will take place beginning with a 5:30 p.m. social at Round Lake Vineyards & Winery, 3012...

WORTHINGTON - A yearly celebration honoring the women of the Worthington area will take place next Monday night.

 

The 46th annual Salute to Women Banquet will take place beginning with a 5:30 p.m. social at Round Lake Vineyards & Winery, 30124 Minnesota 264. A 6 p.m. meal will be catered by Hi-Lo Catering, and entertainment in the form of a presentation by Willow Sweeney is scheduled for 7 p.m.

 

During the evening, one Worthington-area female will be recognized with the Inspiration Award, noted Karla Talsma, chair of the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce’s Events Committee. It’s the third time the committee will present the award.

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“The award goes to a woman who goes above and beyond in both their job and in the community,” Talsma said.

 

Nominations for the award have been turned into the Chamber, and members of the Events Committee were scheduled to select the winner this evening. The Inspiration Award will be handed out prior to Sweeney’s presentation, which is titled “Below the Line: Discovering the Power of Choice.”

 

Sweeney is a co-founder of Top 20 Training, which provides training and materials to empower leaders, teachers, parents and students to develop their potential.

 

“She and her Top 20 team have trained over 500,000 people throughout the United States,” notes Top 20 Training’s website, top20training.com. “Her work focuses on helping others further develop their potential, through social and emotional skills, and develop more effective workplace teams and cultures.”

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Sweeney is the co-author of “Top 20 Teachers: The Revolution in American Education,” “Top 20 Parents: Raising Happy, Responsible and Emotionally Healthy Children” and “Top 20 Teens: Discovering the Best-kept Thinking, Learning and Communicating Secrets of Successful Teenagers.” A national speaker and trainer since 2002, she lives with her husband and two sons in St. Cloud.

 

“We’ve waited two years now to have her here,” Talsma said. “Julie Foote (Events Committee member had heard speak, and told us how inspirational she was.”

 

Other members of the committee helping plan this year’s banquet include Susanne Murphy, Nancy Vaske, Elaine Hay, Jen Kumi, Peggy Meier and Jessica Nixon. As has been tradition, Worthington-area men will serve dinner and bus tables during the evening.

 

To reserve tickets for the Salute to Women event, or to volunteer to wait tables, phone the Chamber at 372-2919 or email wcofc@worthingtonmnchamber.com . Deadline for purchasing tickets is Friday.

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Ryan McGaughey arrived in Worthington in April 2001 as sports editor of The Daily Globe, and first joined Forum Communications Co. upon his hiring as a sports reporter at The Dickinson (North Dakota) Press in November 1998. McGaughey became news editor in Worthington in November 2002 and editor in August 2006.
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