Erin Kilbride is the 2013 FAB Women’s Conference Woman of the Year honoree. She is the director of the Tongue River Valley Community Center.
The FAB (For. About. By.) Women’s Conference was a success. More than 100 attended the 20-plus seminars and discussions, two keynote presentations featuring Sara Calhoun, the founder of Red Ants Pants; and Gen. Kathy Wright, commander of the Wyoming National Guard. Gen. Wright cited her experiences in Sheridan while growing up and said returning here is always a pleasure.
It was enlightening, empowering and educational. Would believe, too, there were plenty of opportunities to network and make new friendships by the day’s activities.
It was presented by The Sheridan Press and Sheridan College.
Kristen Czaban, the Press’ managing editor, did the heavy lifting for the FAB Women’s Conference that will become an annual event. She coordinated the venues, the hospitality/catering, the recruitment of the speakers and discussion leaders, the programs and much more. And she had to do it twice, because the conference was originally scheduled for Oct. 4. Then the blizzard rolled through town, forcing postponement until Saturday last.
We’re grateful, too, for the community-minded sponsors who helped launch this annual event. They are: Homer A. and Mildred S. Scott Foundation, Hammer Chevrolet, Sheridan VA Healthcare System,. First Interstate Bank, Cloud Peak Energy, Edward Jones, The Powder Horn, Fremont Toyota, US Bank, Davis & Cannon, Forward Sheridan, Sheridan Travel & Tourism, ERA Carroll Realty, Quick Printing.
When we first began putting an idea into action for this conference, we sought advice and counsel from a diverse group of citizens that evolved into our planning committee. They are: Rhonda Weber, Amy Albrecht, Jenny Craft, Susan Woody, Wendy Smith and Elaine Henry.
Lastly, I’d like to send an Attaboy!, to the caterers: Sheridan Memorial Hospital’s Big Horn Mountain Catering, Killy’s Smokehouse Deli, VOA’s Catering for a Cause. The food and presentation far exceeded what we expected. They did a terrific job.
The conference was held in the new Edward A. Whitney Academic Center that opened in August on the campus of Sheridan College. Several conferees had not been inside the building and all noted its beauty and appeal, particularly the atrium. Certainly it’s a showplace to have a banquet and seminars with classrooms handy upstairs; why, there’s even a dinosaur, Caesar.
What also impressed is how quickly the Sheridan College staff turned the building around from the night before.
There were two theatrical presentations Friday night – 9:30 p.m. and midnight – of the cult film classic, “Rocky Horror Picture Show.” Sheridan College students provided the audience — it was a full house — with live theater while the movie played on the big screen behind. The cast members interacted with the audience. It was a bona fide hoot.
One more reason why the Whitney Center’s a cool venue: one night, “Rocky Horror” is being presented, what with all kinds of props and heckling and audience participation, and then the next day, it hosts a conference celebrating the accomplishments of local women.
Good stuff, this.