Bethine Church, a beloved Idahoan and widow of the late U.S. Senator Frank Church, will give the keynote address at the Idaho Business Review’s Women of the Year 2011 event Feb. 17. The event will bring together 50 women, professional colleagues, friends and families as they are honored in a full evening of receptions, a banquet and awards ceremony.
Church was thrilled to don the mantle as IBR’s first-time keynote speaker for the annual event that celebrates professional women from all walks of life for their leadership, commitment to community and the reality of achieving their dreams and goals.
Sean Evans, IBR vice president and publisher, was equally thrilled.
“The Idaho Business Review is excited Mrs. Church will be included in our Women of the Year celebration. Bethine represents the highest level of achievement that even our Women of the Year can aspire to,” he said.
Church’s own contributions to Idaho include numerous wildlife and conservation efforts. She also chairs the Frank Church Institute, bringing national speakers to Boise including President Gerald Ford and former Vice Presidents Al Gore and Walter Mondale. The institute has raised a $1 million endowment to continue the conferences, scholarships for Boise State University students, and for the Frank and Bethine Church Professor program. In 2008 the City of Boise named a section of the Greenbelt, “the Bethine Church River Trail,” in her honor. In 2009, Church received an honorary doctorate from Boise State University.
Church, whose life as a leader and visionary is indisputable, said she was impressed with this year’s list of IBR Women of the Year – women whose successes in business and contributions to the community have made them true trailblazers.
And, when told this year also would mark a first as one woman will be named The Idaho Woman of the Year, Church smiled and said: “That’s great. I’ll be there – and I’ll write my own speech!”
The stories of this year’s recipients will be featured in a magazine inside the IBR’s Feb. 18 edition and the Woman of the Year will be announced during the Feb. 17 celebration. The event is open to the public and includes a cocktail reception, dinner and award ceremony at the Boise Centre. Individual tickets are $60; $70 after Jan. 27. For details and to register for the event, visit the website at idahobusinessreview.com/events/woy.