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Professional Woman's Portrait

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

Clapping Audience

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.

Woman of the Year

It's time to nominate for the Woodstock Professional & Business Woman of the Year! The Woman of the Year Award is given to a woman who has lived or worked in the greater Woodstock area, and whose leadership and creativity in cultural, economic, educational, environmental, human services,or civic endeavors have contributed in a significant way to enhancing the quality of life in our community. Her service could be as a paid employee, a volunteer, or both. A $500 award, the Angela Burden Award, will be donated to the charity of choice of WPBW’s Woman of the Year in memory of our former member's spirit—love of community and generosity of heart.

Nominations are now being ACCEPTED until February 23, 2024. Multiple nominators & submissions are encouraged! Please send completed forms to

Woman of the Year

Frances Kuhn Scholarship


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 $1000 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!

  • March 18th - WPBW Woman of the Year
    March 18th - WPBW Woman of the Year
    Mon, Mar 18
    Location is TBD
    Mar 18, 2024, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    Location is TBD
    Mar 18, 2024, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    Location is TBD
    Join us for our annual gala celebrating our Woman of the Year
  • 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.
  • May 20th - WPBW Scholarship Event & Celebration
    May 20th - WPBW Scholarship Event & Celebration
    Mon, May 20
    Location is TBD
    May 20, 2024, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    Location is TBD
    May 20, 2024, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    Location is TBD
    Join us in celebrating the 2024 Scholarship winners.
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