2017 Honoring Women Veterans Conference

On June 17, 2017, the University of Evansville, Evansville Vet Center, and the Department of Veterans Affairs VA Health Care/Marion, Illinois presented the eighth annual Honoring Women Veterans Conference on UE’s campus. The conference was a celebration of the contributions of service women both past and present.

One hundred and twenty-two women veterans were in attendance representing eras from WWII to present day. They traveled across the mid-west to attend.  Many attended before and brought new women veteran friends with them.

Components of the conference included presenting of the Colors by the Marine Corps League, Detachment 1090 and the singing of our National Anthem by Cassandra Waters, former Army Reserves, 380th Quartermaster Battalion from Evansville, Indiana.  Marylyn Harris, Army veteran, educator, author, entrepreneur, founder and executive director of the Women Veterans Business Center in Houston, Texas served as special guest.  Ms. Harris presented an inspiring message during her key note address and followed with an energetic breakout session entitled, “Empower Yourself by Staying Connected!”

Attendees also had the option to attend a VA Town Hall breakout session and time to share stories at “Memory Corner”.  The day included a complimentary lunch while enjoying a tribute slide show featuring a photo of each lady along with her military branch and years of service.  Area service providers shared information about benefits and services important to women veterans.  The day wrapped up with an afternoon of pampering and fun. Area spas and salons sent professionals who gave complimentary hair styles, facials, and massages. A music therapist taught relaxation techniques and clinicians from Healing Touch provided special therapies.

Plans are underway for the 2018 conference set for June 16 at the University of Evansville.  Check back for more information.

Special thanks to sponsors and donors

  • 40 & 8 (American Legion)
  • American Legion Post 200 – Boonville
  • American Legion Post 44 – Newburgh
  • American Legion Post 44 Ladies Quilters Club
  • American Legion Post 265 – Evansville
  • Martha Brandt
  • Camelot Jewelers
  • Deja Vu Skin & Vein Center
  • Donut Bank
  • Pennie Cason
  • Olga Dunning
  • DAV Chapter 7
  • Department of Veterans Affairs, Marion, Illinois
  • Dunn Hospitality
  • Indiana Military Support Corporation
  • Marine Corp League, Detachment 1090
  • Marine Corp League, Detachment 804
  • Peggy McCormick
  • Meijer
  • Mission BBQ
  • Old National Bank
  • Pointman Ministries, Newburgh, Indiana
  • Posh Artisan Marketplace
  • Rolling Thunder
  • Sugar Bakers
  • Starbucks
  • Tracy Zeller Jewelry
  • Tri-State Women Veterans Association
  • U.S. Veterans Magazine
  • VFW 1114
  • VFW 1114 Auxiliary
  • Denise Wathen

Special thanks to pampering care providers

  • Liz Nussmeier
  • Cecelia Deeg
  • Kristina Rogers
  • Caroline Nellis
  • Annette Garrison
  • Julie Gray Zenthofer
  • Hollie Cosby
  • Tsz Hei Fatima Chan
  • Danielle Hudack
  • Aja Robinson-Casper
  • Laura Shoulders
  • Impulse Salon and Spa
  • Deaconess Center for Life Balance

Honoring Women Veterans Conference Planning Committee

  • Martha Brown, Transition and Care Management, Evansville VA Health Care Center
  • Trudy Buckman, Marriage and Family Counselor and MST Counselor, Evansville Vet Center (Air Force Veteran)
  • Cecelia Deeg, Volunteer (Air Force and Air National Guard Veteran)
  • Wendy Freeman, MST Counselor, Evansville Vet Center (Army Veteran)
  • Barb Kortz, Tri-State Women Veterans Association Commander (Marine Veteran)
  • Kari Lane, Volunteer (Army Veteran)
  • Cherie Leonhardt, Coordinator of Veterans Affairs, University of Evansville
  • Sarah Paul, Volunteer, Retired Readjustment Counselor/Nurse, Evansville Vet Center
  • Tonie Peters, Volunteer (Navy Veteran)

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