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Six Women Named 2015 WDM Citizens of the Year

Posted April 09, 2015 in Community Web Exclusives, West Des Moines

The West Des Moines Chamber of Commerce and the West Des Moines Historical Society are proud to recognize Judy Morgan, Wynanda Ferguson, Ann Beeson, Kathy Meyer, Dorothy Wilson and Penny Schiltz as recipients of the 2015 Citizens of the Year Award.

Many know of them as “The Cleaning Ladies,” but Judy Morgan, Wynanda Ferguson, Ann Beeson, Kathy Meyer, Dorothy Wilson and Penny Schiltz have had a much deeper impact on the West Des Moines Historical Society. Dating back to the seventies, this group of women has come together “not just to clean, but to help preserve this special historical site and what it means to our community,” says Wilson.Citizens of the Year 2015

Throughout their years of collective service, the Jordan House and Bennett School have been restored and maintained. Endless hours of working to advertise and promote events have led to not only local community attention, but also attracted national attention from different tours, such as the annual Holly and Ivy tour of Historic Homes. The women have served as board members, held elected positions, and raised thousands of dollars through a variety of fundraisers to continue to maintain and promote the historical site. The stories of James Jordan and the Underground Railroad have been told again and again by the Jordan House Ladies to thousands of students and tourists from across the country who learn the significance of this site’s valuable history.

The Jordan House Ladies will be honored as West Des Moines Citizens of the Year at a special reception to be held on Tuesday, May 5 from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. at the City Hall Council Chambers on West Des Moines’ City/School Campus.

The event is open to the public and there is no charge to attend.

For more information on the reception, please contact the West Des Moines Chamber of Commerce at 515-225-6009.





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