The Zonta Club of Beloit will honor women of distinction in the Stateline Area on April 25 at the annual Tribute to Women Dinner. The organization seeks to empower women through service and advocacy.
The public is invited to the event held at La Casa Grande, 618 Fourth St., with social hour at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. Cost is $50. RSVP by April 14, to: Zonta Club of Beloit, P.O. Box 1352, Beloit, WI 53512-1352.
Below are this year’s Zonta honorees:
Adventurer, artist and entrepreneur are all titles that apply to Blue. The combination of her business acumen and artistic talents have merged to make the greater Beloit community a better place thanks to her contributions.
Blue bought the property now known as Badger Spirits where she has used the store to hold wine-tastings For Meals On Wheels and the Beloit Hospital Foundation as well as KANDU. She has also supported fundraising efforts for various local charities, anonymously.
As an artist, Blue is very supportive of other women artists and she has participated in the Beloit Plein Air competitions. At the Beloit Fine Arts Incubator, she serves on both the BFAI Marketing and Show committees and manages the Facebook page.
As a former member of the Zonta Club of Beloit, she was involved in a fundraiser called “Purse”inally Yours, which raised money to benefit the Beloit Domestic Violence Survivor’s Center.
Mulder has been a nurse for 41 years. From her early years as an LPN to her position today in the Beloit Health System as the Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer, she has always remained true to her original calling as a nurse in keeping the patient first.
She joined the Wisconsin Hospital Association Medical and Professional Affairs Committee in 2000 and later, in 2005 became a Wisconsin Organization of Nurse Executives representative, and was elected to the Board of Directors. During her second term on the board, she became the chair of the WONE Membership Committee. During this time WONE’s membership has grown 27 percent, reaching its highest numbers in recent years at more than 300 members. Mulder received Nurse Leader of the year Award in 2011. She has served the organization as a conference speaker, a panelist, event planner and the chair for the Nominations committee.
She is an excellent role model for nurses by the way she brings compassion and understanding to the administrative role of caring for patients, their families, and the hospital family as well.
Rand has made a significant impact on the lives of the neediest residents with the creation of a nonprofit agency that provides guardianship and payee services.
After working for 14 years with similar services that ended, she began Rock County Advocacy Services in 2012. RCAS clients receive Social Security and/or Supplemental Security Income benefits. They are deemed by the courts and doctors to be incompetent to manage their finances and other parts of their lives because of mental and/or physical disabilities.
They rely upon RCAS to manage their state-paid money. RCAS pays all their bills and helps them save for future purchases. Presently, RCAS has six employees and last fall launched the Rock Country Brain Injury program, which provides support and resources to those living with brain injuries.
In addition to being a Executive Director of RCAS, Rand is also actively involved with the Beloit Gridiron Club, Central Christian Church and the Stateline Boys & Girls Club.
Prior to retiring, Sass taught Kindergarten and preschool for the School District of Beloit for 25 years. She also volunteered as a costumer for Beloit Memorial High School’s theatre productions for more than 20 years. She still advocates for high school productions and hosts the quarterly Parent Advocates for the Performing Arts in our Schools. Sass also volunteers at Northeast College Prep charter school in Minneapolis where her daughter is the assistant principal.
She serves on the Beloit Civic Theater Board of Directors and has overseen their telephone reservations for many years. She belonged to Beloit’s Delta Kappa Gamma chapter and worked at the Angel Museum serving lunches to tour bus groups.
Presently, she also volunteers at her church, Cross and Crown Lutheran in Roscoe, as well as working at the Beloit Public Library sorting through used book donations.
In addition, Sass has organized her friends and fellow bakers to make homemade Christmas cookies for Caritas and hosts the monthly Caritas Finance Committee meetings.
Sprecher has been with Community Health Systems since 2013. Since then she has served as CHS’s Chief Administrative Officer, Chief Operations Officer, Interim CEO, and now Chief Executive Officer. Sprecher has lead the family of CHS clinics through some of its hardest times (successfully reorganizing through a bankruptcy), all while strengthening its staff, boosting employee morale, and keeping patients’ and communities’ needs front and center at all times.
Beyond her leadership at Community Health Systems, Sprecher is involved in the community by serving as the Zonta treasurer; is on Blackhawk Technical College’s Advisory Board, and in the past has volunteered as a mentor to young elementarv-school-aged girls in Beloit via the Girls Who Rock. She’s also the vice president of the board of directors for the Wisconsin Primary Health Care Association.
At a time when many leaders would have thrown in the towel, Sprecher took the lead in turning an organization around, knowing that if she didn’t, so many people-including thousands of local women and children could be left without accessible health care.
Wash is a devoted wife, mother, role-model, women’s advocate and educator.
Wash currently teaches at Aldrich Intermediate School and is also one of the advisors of MEO (Minority Excellence Organization) and a liaison for the school district. The purpose of MEO is to give students who are traditionally marginalized a voice, the opportunity to make a difference and serve. MEO plans cultural awareness activities throughout the school year. Wash is also an Education Effectiveness coach for the school district which involves helping other teachers prepare for evaluations.
Wash, a graduate of Beloit College, also supported a current Beloit College student in her run for public office. She was the treasurer for the Rose Richard campaign for Beloit City Council.
The duo met at a Caritas fundraiser a year ago, while volunteering for the Spring Open House. Wash also volunteers her time serving on the Caritas Board of Directors, is a member of the fundraising committee and sits on the Executive Board.
Aside from all she does in our community, she also coaches her daughter Nevaeh’s soccer team.
Weberg shines brightly in the community through her many volunteer activities, from health equality and education to access to programming for the children of Greater Beloit.
Some of those volunteer involvements of the past year are: Health Equity Alliance of Rock County (HEAR) committee member, Beloit Health System Heart Failure Committee Co-Chair, Stateline Boys and Girls Club Board Member and volunteer, Greater Beloit Chamber of Commerce Ambassador and business member, Forward Janesville business member, Rockford Chapter Association of Fundraising Professionals member, Kandu Industries’ Grapes and Hops Fundraiser Celebrity Pourer, Wisconsin Organization of Nurse Executives (WONE) Planning Committee member and featured presenter, Beloit Memorial High School Mock Interviewer and mentor, American Nurse’s Association member, Palliative Care Leadership Academy Resource, Wisconsin and Assisted Living Association (WALA) member.
Weberg’s impact on women through her role as a woman executive and a mentor to young girls in numerous ways cannot be overstated.