City Recognizes Local Women For Community Service

Mayor Mark Kruzan has announced that three local women have been selected by the Women’s History Month Committee to be honored during March for their outstanding service to the Bloomington community.

Kerry Thomson has been named Bloomington’s Woman of the Year, Tomilea Allison has been named the recipient of the Lifetime Contribution Award and Maggie Sullivan has been chosen to receive the Emerging Leader Award.

The Women’s History Month Lunch Committee is organized by the City of Bloomington Commission on the Status of Women. The Emerging Leader Award will be presented at a women’s leadership workshop on March 22 at City Hall, 401 N. Morton Street. The Woman of the Year and Lifetime Contribution Award recipients will be honored at the group’s annual luncheon, held on Wednesday, Mar. 10, at 12:15 p.m. at the Convention Center of Bloomington-Monroe County, 302 S. College Avenue. Organizations for women and women-owned businesses will exhibit at the luncheon, and those interested in exhibiting materials can find the registration form at

The program for the luncheon, themed Writing Women Back into History, will feature a dramatic presentation entitled “On Their Shoulders We Stand: A Salute to Women Who Paved the Way,” written by Gladys DeVane.

The cost is $20.00 per person, and seats must be purchased in advance. Checks payable to “City of Bloomington – Women’s History Month Lunch” along with name to appear on guest list may be sent to Women’s History Month Lunch, Commission on the Status of Women, PO Box 100, Bloomington, IN 47402. Seats can also be purchased at the Community & Family Resources Department, Suite 260 at City Hall, 401 N Morton Street. The deadline for purchasing a seat is Friday, Mar. 5. Scholarships are available for individuals that need assistance purchasing a seat to attend the lunch.

For more information about the lunch or workshop, contact Sue Owens at 349-3468 or