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Dedicated to community service and the elevation of standards for women in business and their professions

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About WPBW

Woodstock Professional and Business Women have been an active part of the Woodstock-area community since 1931. This dynamic group of women has been involved in numerous community projects, along with giving businesswomen in the community a forum for support and education. The group honored its first Woman of the Year recipient in 1975 and presents this award annually. In 1976, after several years of fundraising—spearheaded by the late Woodstock Mayor and WPBW member Frances Kuhn—the group provided the funds to build a replica of Woodstock’s original 1873 Springhouse, which stands today in the Woodstock Square. Additionally, each year, the WPBW awards Frances Kuhn Scholarships to women who reside in Woodstock School District 200 and are returning to school for a degree or to learn additional skills. As a supporter of the annual Christmas Clearing House, WPBW makes a substantial cash donation and volunteers to pack bags. Funds for all programs are raised through WPBW’s annual Woodstock Autumn Art Tour and the Woodstock Men’s Fashion Show.

2024 Autumn Art Tour

Join us at the 10th Annual Autumn Art Tour hosted by the Woodstock Professional & Business Women. This event raises scholarships funds for the Francis Kuhn Scholarship, which goes to local, D200 area women to further their eduction or career. These funds also benefit the annual $500 Angela Burden Award which goes to a community charitable organization. Click here for more

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Scholarships

Frances Kuhn Scholarship

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The Frances Kuhn Scholarship is awarded to women from the community, over the age of 22, who have expressed a desire to return to school in order to begin or further their careers in the business or professional fields.

To qualify:
1. You must be 22 years of age or older
2. You must live within the School District 200 boundaries in Woodstock

The scholarship may be used for tuition, books, or other expenses related to your ongoing education. Award monies provide up to $1500 to the recipient.

The woman receiving the scholarships will be guests at the May WPBW meeting to receive their scholarship funds. They will also be awarded honorary membership to WPBW for the current membership year. Past winners of the scholarship are welcome to help at the Autumn Art Tour and Poinsettia Sale Day to assist in providing this scholarship for other worthy students in future years.

Best of luck to all those who apply.

2023 Scholarship Award Winners:

From left to right: Annette Jablonski, Scholarship Chairwoman Sandra Pierce, Cynthia Pelayo, and Carmen Martin. Well deserved, ladies!

Events
  • August WPBW Membership Meeting
    August WPBW Membership Meeting
    Mon, Aug 19
    Ortmann's Red Iron Tavern
    Aug 19, 2024, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    Ortmann's Red Iron Tavern, 101 E Church St, Woodstock, IL 60098, USA
    Aug 19, 2024, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    Ortmann's Red Iron Tavern, 101 E Church St, Woodstock, IL 60098, USA
    Join us on August 19th, 2024 at Ortmann's Red Iron Tavern for our first membership meeting of the new cycle. This meeting includes elections, we prefer members attend without guests for this meeting only.
  • Autumn Art Tour 2024
    Autumn Art Tour 2024
    Multiple Dates
    Fri, Sep 06
    Woodstock Square
    Sep 06, 2024, 1:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    Woodstock Square, 121 W Van Buren St, Woodstock, IL 60098, USA
    Sep 06, 2024, 1:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    Woodstock Square, 121 W Van Buren St, Woodstock, IL 60098, USA
    The 2024 WPBW Art Tour is free to attend (the ticket will simply help to remind you of the dates & times). All artists will be featured on and around the Woodstock Square. Raffle & sponsorships benefit the WPBW scholarships.
  • May 20th - WPBW Scholarship Event & Celebration
    May 20th - WPBW Scholarship Event & Celebration
    Mon, May 20
    Oliver's Bar and Grill (upstairs)
    May 20, 2024, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    Oliver's Bar and Grill (upstairs), 228 Main St, Woodstock, IL 60098, USA
    May 20, 2024, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    Oliver's Bar and Grill (upstairs), 228 Main St, Woodstock, IL 60098, USA
    Join us in celebrating the 2024 Scholarship winners.
  • 2024 EleMENts of Woodstock - Men's Fashion Show Fundraiser
    2024 EleMENts of Woodstock - Men's Fashion Show Fundraiser
    Sun, Apr 28
    Oliver's Ballroom - Second Level
    Apr 28, 2024, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM CDT
    Oliver's Ballroom - Second Level, 228 Main St, Woodstock, IL 60098, USA
    Apr 28, 2024, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM CDT
    Oliver's Ballroom - Second Level, 228 Main St, Woodstock, IL 60098, USA
    Lets raise some funds for scholarship in a FUN new way! This men's fashion show is sure to put a smile on your face while featuring models and stores from the Woodstock area. Must be 21 and over to attend. Now accepting sponsorships. Gold Sponsor: Bull Valley Ford, bullvalleyford.com
  • April 15 - Meet Garrett Anderson
    April 15 - Meet Garrett Anderson
    Mon, Apr 15
    Oliver's Bar and Grill (Upstairs)
    Apr 15, 2024, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    Oliver's Bar and Grill (Upstairs), 228 Main St, Woodstock, IL 60098, USA
    Apr 15, 2024, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    Oliver's Bar and Grill (Upstairs), 228 Main St, Woodstock, IL 60098, USA
    Meet Garrett Anderson, Director of the Woodstock Economic Development Department. He will discuss new developments happening in Woodstock and our economics.
  • March 18th - WPBW Woman of the Year
    March 18th - WPBW Woman of the Year
    Mon, Mar 18
    Olivers
    Mar 18, 2024, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    Olivers, 228 Main St, Woodstock, IL 60098, USA
    Mar 18, 2024, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    Olivers, 228 Main St, Woodstock, IL 60098, USA
    Join us for our annual gala celebrating our Woman of the Year
  • February 19th - WPBW gets Political
    February 19th - WPBW gets Political
    Membership Offer
    Mon, Feb 19
    Oliver's Bar and Grill (Upstairs)
    Feb 19, 2024, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    Oliver's Bar and Grill (Upstairs), 228 Main St, Woodstock, IL 60098, USA
    Feb 19, 2024, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    Oliver's Bar and Grill (Upstairs), 228 Main St, Woodstock, IL 60098, USA
    Tina Hill, current WPBW member, and Lou Ness, District 7 County Board Member to discuss running for public office.
  • January 15 - WPBW Meeting - Divine Culinary Creations with Joyce Lande
    January 15 - WPBW Meeting - Divine Culinary Creations with Joyce Lande
    Mon, Jan 15
    Woodstock
    Jan 15, 2024, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    Woodstock, 2028 Red Barn Rd, Woodstock, IL 60098, USA
    Jan 15, 2024, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    Woodstock, 2028 Red Barn Rd, Woodstock, IL 60098, USA
    Joyce Lande, WPBW member and Culinary Instructor at MCC, will demonstrate her culinary skills by cooking dinner. Guests & Members, There is an option to buy tickets at the event. Click "Buy Tickets", slide down and choose "Pay Offline". This means they can pay at the meeting instead of online.
  • December 18 - WPBW Holiday Party
    December 18 - WPBW Holiday Party
    Mon, Dec 18
    Cherry Tree Inn B&B
    Dec 18, 2023, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    Cherry Tree Inn B&B, 344 Fremont St, Woodstock, IL 60098, USA
    Dec 18, 2023, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    Cherry Tree Inn B&B, 344 Fremont St, Woodstock, IL 60098, USA
    Enjoy the holiday season at Cherry Tree Inn B&B with a "White Elephant Gift Exchange". Meet at 344 Fremont Street, Woodstock
  • November 20 - WPBW Meeting - Understanding AI
    November 20 - WPBW Meeting - Understanding AI
    Mon, Nov 20
    Kishwaukee Brewing Company
    Nov 20, 2023, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    Kishwaukee Brewing Company, 1900 Dillard Ct, Woodstock, IL 60098, USA
    Nov 20, 2023, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    Kishwaukee Brewing Company, 1900 Dillard Ct, Woodstock, IL 60098, USA
    Kim Keefe & Jacqueline Lechner, both current WPBW members from Compass Real Estate, will go over the pros & cons of Artificial Intelligence (AI).
  • October Membership Drive
    October Membership Drive
    Mon, Oct 16
    Woodstock Chamber of Commerce
    Oct 16, 2023, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    Woodstock Chamber of Commerce, 101 N Johnson St, Woodstock, IL 60098, USA
    Oct 16, 2023, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    Woodstock Chamber of Commerce, 101 N Johnson St, Woodstock, IL 60098, USA
    If you've been thinking about joining a local, philanthropic organization run by and for women in Woodstock? Woodstock Professional and Business Women are hosting a membership drive on October 16th at 6pm at the Old Courthouse, within the Woodstock Chamber of Commerce. Please RSVP by October 8th
  • Autumn Art Tour
    Autumn Art Tour
    Multiple Dates
    Sun, Sep 10
    Woodstock
    Sep 10, 2023, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
    Woodstock, 101 N Johnson St Unit 1A, Woodstock, IL 60098, USA
    Sep 10, 2023, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
    Woodstock, 101 N Johnson St Unit 1A, Woodstock, IL 60098, USA
    Artists and fine craftsmen in Woodstock and the surrounding countryside will be opening their studios to display and sell their work. The self-guided tour will showcase the exceptional art and fine crafts produced in the region.
  • EleMENts of Woodstock - a Men's Fashion Show
    EleMENts of Woodstock - a Men's Fashion Show
    Sun, Apr 30
    Woodstock
    Apr 30, 2023, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
    Woodstock, 214 Main St, Woodstock, IL 60098, USA
    Apr 30, 2023, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
    Woodstock, 214 Main St, Woodstock, IL 60098, USA
    Join us in celebrating the EleMENts of Woodstock by way of LOCAL Fashion, LOCAL model talent & LOCAL professionals raising awareness & funds
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