History of the Greater Kansas City Women's Political Caucus

Women's Political Hall of Fame

 

2016

Hon. Jean Carnahan
Peggy Bowman

 

2015

Hon. Marci Francisco
Hon. Yvonne Wilson

 

2012

Hon. Joanne Collins
Hon. Geraldine Flaherty

 

2011

Hon. Mamie Hughes
Kaye Cleaver

 

2010

Hon. Mary Groves Bland
Norma Storms
Hon. Carol Marinovich
Hon. Patricia Pettey

 

2009

Joan Berkley
Barbara Crist
Lali Garcia
Eleanor Lowe
Ruth Margolin
Hon. Carol Jean Mays
Hila “Dutch” Newman
Hon. Barbara Potts
Beth Smith
Marjorie Webb


Awards & Hall of Fame

Past Awards Given by the
Greater Kansas City Women's Political Caucus

 

The Torch Award

Awarded to a young woman of promise who has been involved with the Caucus and committed to its mission and plans to continue her career in public service.

 

Previous Awardees:

Alexis Martin
Lauren Gepford
Amber Versola
Monica Curls
Serena Hein
Lindsey Walker
Lisa Roush
Amy Sweeny Davis
Lisa Gruenloh
Donna Phelps
Lisa Sebree
Jessica Kerrigan
Alison Barnes Martin
Hon. Cathy Jolly
Hon. Beth Gottstein
Michelle Peltier
Kim Carlos
Hon. Beth Low Smith
Brook Balentine
Stephanie Guerin
Jill Jolicoeur
Diane Kander

 

The Erika S. Fox Pillar Award

Awarded to a remarkable role model of political accomplishment to the benefit of women and women's issues.

 

Previous Awardees:
Chere Chaney
Ursula Terrasi
Hon. Sandra Reeves
Hon. Jean Peters Baker
Hon. Karen Messerli
Erika S. Fox
Hon. Doris Quinn
Elizabeth Ossario
Rosemary Smithson
Linda McNicholas
Biddy Hurlbut
Sharon Kingsbury
Hon. Claire McCaskill
Hon. Karen McCarthy
Hon. Kathleen Sebelius
Hon. Carol Sader
Hon. Melba Curls
Hon. Crystal Williams
Hon. Kay Barnes
Mary O’Halloran
Dianne Cleaver

 

Mel Carnahan Good Guy Award

Given to a male community leader who has supported the Caucus' mission of promoting women and women's issues.

 

Previous Awardees:
Mayor Sly James
Hon. Stephen Webber
David Haley
Richard Rhyne
Stephen Bough
Paul Morrison
Hon. Alvin Brooks
Hon. Mel Carnahan
Hon. Scott Lakin
Hon. Ken Jacobs
Jack Swall
Hon. Dennis Moore
Robert Meneilly
James B. Nutter
Hon. Scott Burnett
Hon. Charles Wheeler
Hon. David Adkins
Rabbi Mark Levin
Hon. Emanuel Cleaver
Peter B. Brownlie

 

Chere Chaney Community Services Award

Awarded for outstanding accomplishment and representation of the power of women through community service.

 

Previous Awardees:

Planned Parenthood Great Plains
Sarah Starnes
Mary Steeb
Hon. Theresa Garza Ruiz
Sandy Querry
Sr. Corita Bussanmmas
Sr. Berta Sailer
Annette Morgan
Ruth Shecter
Sharon Hoffman
Patty Brous
Martha Jane Starr
Audrey Langworthy
Angela Bennett
Maime Hughes
Vicki Noteis
Sr. Pat Kenoyer
Hon. Joanne Collins
Hon. Jan Marcason
Cyinthia Smith

 

Excellence in Media Award

Awarded to a journalist for outstanding reporting on issues important to women and families. All forms of media reporting may be considered including print, radio, TV, and online.

 

Previous Awardees:
Cheptoo Kositany-Buckner
Diana J. Reese
Sharon Lockhart
Sylvia Maria Gross
Mary Sanchez
Laura Scott
Rhonda C. Lokeman
Deborah Holmes
Pam Whiting
Merriam Pepper
Barbara Shelly
Laura Hockaday
Gloria V. Hickok

 

Harriet Woods "Guardian of the Flame" Award

In the memorial service eulogy for Governor Mel Carnahan, his daughter, former Secretary of State, Robin Carnahan, recalled her father's daily admonition of keeping wood on the fire on cold winter mornings on their family farm. "Dad, I promise we won't let the fire go out," she said holding back tears. This sentiment inspired the Caucus to create the "Guardian of the Flame" award, given to those who keep the fire of freedom and justice burning for women in the Greater Kansas City Area.

 

Previous Awardees:
Hon. Valdenia Winn
Freda Mendez-Smith
Barbara Womack
Hon. Jolie Justus
Terry Satterlee
Hon. Jean Carnahan
Hon. Mary Groves Bland
Marilyn Shapiro
Hon. Yvonne Wilson

 

Betty Anne McCaskill "You Go Girl" Award

 

Previous Awardees:
Senator Claire McCaskill