CONTACT: Lisa Strandberg
Development and Communications Director Samaritan Counseling Center of the Fox Valley
(920) 886-9319 ext. 116

MENASHA —Samaritan Counseling Center of the Fox Valley is seeking nominees for its 2018 Connie Steele Woman of Strength Award. The award honors a woman from the Fox Cities, Heart of the Valley, New London, Oshkosh and surrounding areas who exemplifies these traits: strength of character, integrity, generosity, faith, courage, optimism, persistence and community service. (For more detail on these traits, go to strength-award/.)

The award is named for the late Connie Steele, former senior legal counsel for Thrivent Financial. Steele served on the Samaritan Center board.

Nominations will include:

Three letters or essays of one page or less, each written by a different nominator.
A description of the nominee and how she lives out the eight traits listed above.
The name, mailing address, e-mail address and phone number of the nominee and each nominator.
Compiled nominations may be sent to Jill Harp at or Samaritan Counseling Center, Attn: Jill Harp/Woman of Strength, 1478 Kenwood Dr., Suite 1, Menasha, WI 54952.

Nomination deadline is March 14.

Samaritan Counseling Center will present the award at the Silent Samaritan Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. on May 10 at The Grand Meridian, Appleton. The luncheon culminates the Silent Samaritan Campaign, themed “Women of Strength Helping Women in Need.” The campaign supports counseling for low-income women.

Previous winners of the Connie Steele Woman of Strength Award include:

2010 RoseAnn Blair, Neenah
2011 Miriam Douglass, Appleton
2012 Shirley Bender-Gehrt, Oshkosh
2013 Dorry Wilner, Oshkosh
2014 Kathy Flores, Appleton
2015 Dawn Malcom, Appleton
2016 Beth Heuer, Oshkosh
2017 Tracey Robertson, Oshkosh

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