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Julia Faltinson Anderson (1995)

1995 Carrie Chapman Catt Award to Julia Faltinson Anderson

By the selection committee of Ann Molison, Chair; Faith Finnemore; Ruth Hamilton and Shirley Karas.  This article was printed in The Voter in April 1995. 

Julia Faltinson Anderson is the recipient of the Third Annual LWV of Ames Carrie Chapman Catt Award.  She will be honored at the Annual Dinner and Meeting on April 20, 1995.

Julia has been recognized time and time again because of her commitment to the welfare of children, women, and families.  The majority of her life has been lived in Ames as a Professor at ISU, where she is now Professor Emeritus.  She has earned worldwide recognition for her global humanitarian efforts.  She has lived and worked in Yugoslavia, Taiwan, the Philippines, Nyasaland, Austria, Thailand, and Yucatan.    

Julia often works “behind the scenes” for her church, community, state, or nation.  In accepting the Iowa Women’s Hall of Fame recognition in August 1993, she said that she has done the things she has been interested in, thought were important, and needed to be done.

She embodies the strength, courage, and wisdom of Carrie Chapman Catt.  Congratulation, Julia!

During the Award Presentation the following was said:

We’re here this evening to recognize one of our own League Members, Julia Faltinson Anderson, long regarded by those of us who have known her as a woman who is highly competent and goal directed and someone who involves herself in a variety of projects with contagious enthusiasm.  Through her activities and leadership, she has made and continues to make many many contributions to the Ames community, to Iowa State University, to the State of Iowa as well as contributions nationally and internationally. Some of these include:

Member of the Iowa Women’s [...]

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Bev Kruempel (2013)

Beverly Kruempel is the recipient of the 2013 Carrie Chapman Catt Award for her service to the League of Women Voters of Ames and to the greater community of Ames.

Bev is a long-standing member of the League of Women Voters. She served as President of the Ames League in 1996 through 1998 and as Secretary from 2009 through 2012. During her term, the League study of the Story County Medical Center brought the necessity of maintaining and supporting the Nevada facility for all Story County residents to the attention of voters. As Secretary she was an incredible resource to the board. Her experiences and knowledge of issues allowed her to provide both clarification and context for past League actions. Bev has been an active League member, a loyal presence at general meetings and a frequent assistant on League projects

Bev’s academic career began at Iowa State University where, as an undergraduate, she was active in residence hall government as well as church and campus 4-H activities. In 1961 she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Home Economics for General Education. She received her M.S. degree from the University of Wisconsin - Madison in 1968. In 1990 Bev was awarded a Ph.D. in Higher Education from ISU.

After receiving her PhD, Bev served the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences as Professor and as Director of Career Services. In these roles she taught, advised and mentored undergraduate and graduate students for many years. Her style was evident in an article she co-authored in the Journal of Family & Consumer Sciences titled “Civic Engagement Comes Alive”. That title aptly describes her commitment and service career. Always aware of the importance of civic responsibility, she required students [...]

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Jane Halliburton (2012)

Jane Halliburton has been selected to receive the Carrie Chapman Catt award for 2012. Jane was president of the Ames League of Women Voters from 1980 to 1982.

During that time, the League updated and printed the booklet “This is Ames and Story County” and provided much information regarding the call for a constitutional convention, which was on the ballet in 1980. The local League worked hard, but unsuccessfully, for ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). It also studied city facilities, in particular the electric utility and the location of city offices that were spread out all over town, and studied leaking underground storage tanks.

During Jane's tenure the board began giving old LWV files to the ISU special collections department in the Parks Library. She has been an active member throughout her long membership.

She is a former elementary teacher and until recently, was a Story County Supervisor, completing 24 years of service in January, 2011. She also was the Chair of the Story County Board of Health, the president of the Iowa State Association of Counties Board of Directors, and on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Counties Board of Directors and on FEMA’s National Advisory Council.

Jane has also been a community volunteer for a long list of agencies. Among them are the Community Vitality Center Governance Board, Raising Readers Board of Directors, Heartland Senior Services Foundation Board, Story County Community Dental Clinic Advisory Committee, Rotary International, and Iowa State University Families Extension Outreach Advisory Committee.

The award selection committee talked to some of those who have worked with Jane on community projects.

From Carolyn Jons, Vice President of Raising Readers in Story County: “Jane is a big thinker with the big picture. [...]

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Jeannette Bohnenkamp (2011)

Jeannette Bohnenkamp, a member of the Ames League since 1982, has been selected to receive the 2011 Carrie Chapman Catt Award. In the local League, she has served as observer corps chair, co-president-elect, co-president (2004-2006), and co-meeting planner. Relatively new League members serving on the board for the first time commented on Jeannette’s kindness, patience, willingness to answer their questions, and generally help them understand how League operates. She was an effective mentor, exhibiting dedication to League principles and ideals.
Jeannette participated in the local study on “Transportation Needs in Story County” and in the local component of the national study on “Immigration”. She has been a long-time observer of various government entities, currently observing the Planning and Zoning Commission. She has assisted with League-sponsored events such as voter registration and candidate forums, planning the LWVIA Convention in Ames in 2005, hosting visitors from Ukraine in 2006, and helping with “Ready to Run” in conjunction with the Catt Center for Women and Politics.
Jeannette was elected to two terms on the LWVIA Board of Directors (1999-2003). In that capacity, she was responsible for membership activities, maintaining mailing lists for the Iowa Voter and LWVIA Legislative Newsletter, and serving as liaison with the publisher. She continued to handle distribution of the LWVIA Legislative Newsletter after leaving the board.
As a member of the Ames community, Jeannette has been active in her neighborhood association, gathering petitions to oppose zoning changes and commercial development in the neighborhood. She is a long-time member of Amnesty International, American Civil Liberties Union, and Story County Community Housing Corp. She volunteers for RSVP. Jeannette is an active member of St. Thomas Aquinas Parish and serves on the Wine and Wisdom Committee that plans adult [...]

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Nancy Brown (2010)

Nancy clearly meets the “long time membership in the League” requirement for this award. She joined the League in 1973 and has been an active member during those 37 years. It is interesting that one of Nancy’s first activities in the League was to find materials to be used for a storefront display on Carrie Chapman Catt.

Nancy was an Iowa State University faculty member in the Department of Hotel, Restaurant, and Institution Management for 30 years until her retirement in 2000.

In addition to service through department, college, and university committees, and involvement in professional associations, she has made contributions to the Ames community. She served on the Board of AIOFA (Ames International Orchestra Association).

In recognition of her active involvement in her local church and the state conference of the United Church of Christ, she was one of two women from Iowa to be recognized as an honored laywoman at the General Synod of the UCC in 1997. Nancy coordinates two local church outreach projects that serve the wider community – the Theologian-in-Residence Program (that each year brings to the Ames community an outstanding contemporary theologian) and Third Saturday at First (once-a-month preparation and service of a free meal at the First United Methodist Church, a program that helps those who are not able to meet their basic needs for food and shelter). During 2001-2002, Nancy facilitated several “Dialogues on Racism and Race Relations”.


Involvement in the local and state Leagues has been extensive. On the local level, Nancy served as president-elect followed by president from 2000-2002. She has participated in two local studies – Story County Hospital (position adopted in 1997) and co-chaired the Transportation Needs in Story County study (position adopted in 2003). In [...]

Martha Issacson (2009)

The 2009 Carrie Chapman Catt Award selection committee is pleased to announce that Martha Isaacson is this year’s recipient. Martha was chosen for her varied contributions to the League and the community.

Among her many accomplishments, Martha guided the Ames League of Women Voters during the Story County Hospital Study and its resulting advocacy, giving outstanding leadership and guidance.

Martha is not only a long standing member of the League but was raised by a mother who spent her life as a community activist for the benefit of all citizens, which included the LWV in Marshalltown.

Jane Greimann recruited her to join the Ames LWV when she married Dean Isaacson, but, as the Marshall County Auditor, Martha maintained her legal residence in Marshalltown. She joined in 1995 after her term as Auditor.

Martha began her professional career as a systems analyst in the "Silicone Valley" of California. She later served as an administrator in the "War on Poverty," running Head Start programs and a Community Action Agency in Virginia; Martha then directed Iowa Gov. Robert Ray's Drug Abuse Authority. She has owned and operated a small gourmet kitchen shop, managed the Agronomy Department at Iowa State University and been a successful candidate for Marshall County Auditor.

During her work years and while raising children, she was involved in community betterment, including marching on the Washington D.C. Mall for equal rights.

Martha has also served as president of the local community mental health center, as a board member for the United Way, and is currently the chair of the Clothing Room, which provides free clothing to the approximately 400 families per month visiting the food pantry at her church.

Her many involvements with the LWV include: Representing the Ames LWV on the [...]