Knesel Named ‘Governor’s Woman of Distinction’

Sue Knesel

The Wyoming Council for Women’s Issues will recognize Susan B. Knesel of Gillette with its 2017 “Governor’s Woman of Distinction Award” at an October 14 luncheon at 12:30 p.m. at Gillette College. Knesel is a Campbell County Public Library System retiree and a past president of the Wyoming Library Association.

The award is “a once-in-a-lifetime honor for the recipient’s impact on women and/or families in the areas of education, employment practices, community outreach, health and wellness or legal issues.” Knesel was nominated by CCPLS Youth Services Coordinator Janet S. Tharp and WCWI member Laurel Vicklund of Gillette.

“Sue has been a tireless advocate for youth, women, families, underrepresented citizens and more,” said Terri Lesley, CCPLS Executive Director, who provided a letter of support. “She has developed many programs, putting much of her time and talent to work to advance literacy, improve community services and promote good government. Having observed Sue in action for the last 20 years, I’ve often asked myself how one woman can do so much.”

Knesel’s career accomplishments include introducing cutting edge literacy programs for preschoolers and toddlers. She procured a nutrition grant to provide summer meals to students and community grants to bring popular authors to Campbell County where they provided presentations and writing workshops for fifth grade, junior high and high school students. She carved out library space for tweens and enhanced library programming with an emphasis on science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM).

Tickets are $25 for the no-host luncheon. RSVP by October 5 to Michelle Shellhart at (307) 777-2801 or Chava Case at (307) 777-2823 at the Wyoming Business Council.

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