Woman of the Year


Betty Albrecht 2020-2021 Woman of the Year

SBW President Debbie Ulmer with Woman of the Year, Betty Albrecht

Betty Albrecht was awarded the prestigious title of SBW Woman of the Year at the November 2020 Public Relations dinner.

Shirley McCown, 2019-2020 Woman of the Year, presented the nomination. Betty was recognized for her service in the Pettis County Community Santa program, the Sedalia Area Literacy Council, her church, and other community organizations, as well as her active role in Sedalia Business Women.

Betty has been a member of SBW for several years. Her sponsor Cindy Weaver invited her to several club meetings. The invitation to join SBW came at a time when Betty was looking for a new and different organization to support. We are so glad she chose us!

Betty said, she wants to “do all I can to help others.” She serves on the committee for the SBW Chicken Dinner fundraiser, helps with scholarships, and is the membership chair.

To support Betty’s nomination for Woman of the Year, Rhoda Moore wrote, “She does more wonderful things for Sedalia than six other women.” Michelle Sparks listed fifteen different organizations that have benefited from Betty’s dedication and expertise.

Sedalia Business Women extend our sincerest thanks for Betty’s contributions to our community and our club. Congratulations, Betty, for this well deserved honor!

Shirley McCown, 2019-2020 Woman of the Year

Shirley McCown, Woman of the Year 2019-2020

Shirley McCown was chosen as the Sedalia Business Women’s 2019-2020 Woman of the year for her outstanding service to SBW and to the Community. Several of her family members joined Sedalia Business Women to celebrate her award.

Shirley has been active in SBW for more than 18 years. For many years, she has chaired the Music Committee, or more accurately, she is the Music Committee. She always obtained music from local student musical groups for the December Christmas meeting. She assures beautiful, appropriate decorations and music for the installation of officers’ ceremony.

She is devout in her faith and spends many hours volunteering at her church. She works with the shoe ministry, providing shoes for school children who are in need of footwear. She volunteers for PATCH (Parents and their Children) and provides transportation for children to visit their parents in prison.  

Shirley is an active volunteer at Bothwell Regional Health Center on a regular basis and volunteers several hours weekly. As a cancer survivor, Shirley volunteers for the Cancer Center at the hospital. She is instrumental in organizing volunteers for the annual Lub Dub race and helps with organization, sign in, and various other jobs. She also helps with Meals on Wheels, Open Door donations, and ringing the Salvation Army bells for SBW.

Shirley is beautiful inside and out. She is a very caring and giving individual who works behind the scenes—never seeking the spotlight. She has a wonderful sense of humor. She is one of our unsung heroes and exemplifies the attributes of “Woman of the Year.”

Congratulations, Shirley, for this well-deserved honor.


Past Women of the Year 2018-1979

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