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2019 Women’s History Month Luncheon

The Women’s History Month Luncheon serves as an opportunity to recognize individuals and collective accomplishments of women in our community. In addition, organizations for women and women-owned businesses will exhibit at the luncheon. The exhibit reservation form is available here.

The theme of the 2019 luncheon is “Visionary Women: Champions of Peace and Nonviolence.” The program will include a keynote speaker and award presentations to the 2019 Woman of the Year and Toby Strout Lifetime Contribution award recipients.

Joyce Ajlouny will be the keynote speaker at the luncheon. Joyce serves as the General Secretary, the executive head of the American Friends Service Committee, where she is responsible for the organization’s worldwide peace and social justice programs and advocacy. Before this appointment, Joyce served for 13 years as the Director of the Ramallah Friends School in Ramallah, Palestine, where she oversaw the educational experience of thousands of young people. For 14 years prior to that, Joyce worked in international development and relief as a United Nations consultant, as a Country Director for the Palestinian territories and Israel for Oxfam GB, and as a program officer and manager at various UN agencies. Joyce has appeared in numerous media outlets including the New York Times and Friends Journal. 

The luncheon will be held at the Monroe Convention Center (302 S. College) on Wednesday, March 20th. Doors open at 11:15 a.m. for viewing of women’s exhibits. The buffet begins at 11:30 a.m. and the program begins at noon. The cost is $25 per seat or $275 for a reserved table for eight. Ticket sales will begin January 2, 2019 and must be purchased in advance through the BCT Box Office located at 114 E. Kirkwood Ave., hours are 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon-Fri and 12-5 p.m. Sat-Sun, or online at 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 812-349-3468 or


Your sponsorship for the annual Women’s History Month Luncheon will help the Bloomington Commission on the Status of Women recognize women who have made outstanding contributions to our community. We will recognize your contribution publicly at the lunch.


An exhibit allows you to share your message, product or service with others who share your concern about women’s issues.  Exhibits will be located between the buffet and dining tables.  We have 18 exhibit table spaces available on a first come, first served basis, so get your reservations in early. Exhibit tables will be draped with black cloths. Please let us know if you will need an electrical outlet. The doors open to the public at 11:15 a.m. and we ask that you have your exhibit table set up by 11 a.m. The program begins at noon and ends at 1:30 p.m. You may not sell items at your exhibit table or place literature on the dining tables.

2019 Women’s Leadership Development Event

The City of Bloomington Commission on the Status of Women is holding a women’s leadership development event on Saturday, March 30, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. to noon at City Hall Showers Building. This is an annual event, and the 2019 theme is “Women, Power and Progress!” There is no fee for this opportunity to learn how to get involved and make a difference in our community.

The program will include an award presentation to the 2019 Emerging Leader, a keynote speaker and 2018 Leadership Scholarship recipients will share information about their personal leadership experiences.

The event will begin with registration and light refreshments at 9:30 a.m. and the program will begin at 10:00 a.m.

For more information contact Sue Owens at