The Illinois Women’s Press Association is pleased to announce Marianne Wolf-Astrauskas, two-term President of the Illinois Woman’s Press Association, and Executive Board Secretary of National Federation of Press Women, has been honored as the 2013 Communicator of Achievement. Marianne continues the tradition of communicative collaboration established by Helen Miller Malloch, former IWPA President and Founder/President of the NFPW. She has served IWPA as Vice President/Membership Chair, High School Contest Chair, Book Fair Chair, and is the Co-Editor of The Anthology, to be published in 2014. In 2008, she was named the IWPA COA. She has served the National Federation of Press Women as Membership Chair.
Author, historian, storyteller, editor, administrator, recruiter, collaborator, mentor, volunteer, caregiver, daughter, wife, stepmom and friend — these samples demonstrate Marianne’s versatility. Her daily life reflects the quintessential positive communicator. Her ability to connect people from all walks of life brings out the power of possibilities and the passion to transform lives.
A long-standing Alumni Regional Board member and current Chair of the Chicago Regional Board for her alma mater, Illinois Wesleyan University, she embraces the vision of her education focused on relevance and commitment. She provides leadership on the Executive Alumni Board for the entire university community promoting partnerships between alums and students through programs like Saturday in the City, an idea she began after hearing students discuss their campus experiences.
The author of Joliet, a historical book on her home town, Wolf-Astrauskas is passionate about recording family and community history. She was also instrumental in researching and writing the history of the Illinois Kappa Kappa Gamma chapters for Kappapedia on the kappakappagamma.org national website. A published fiction writer as well, her short stories have won numerous Mate E. Palmer Communications Awards as well as writing awards from the National Federation of Press Women. Her award winning professional experience includes serving an Illinois U.S. Senator and the City of Chicago.
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The Chicago Tribune purchased the Printers Row Book Fair in 2002 from the Near South Planning Board and renamed it the Printer’s Row Lit Fest. It is considered the largest free outdoor literary event in the Midwest, drawing more than 125,000 book lovers to the two-day showcase. Each June the Illinois Woman’s Press Association sponsors a tent at the Printer’s Row Lite Fest to showcase the talented author/members of the Association. Details can be found on iwpa.org
In 1914, Julia Holmes Smith, M.D. was the editor of The Memory Book, a collection of short stories, poems and essays authored by 97 members of the Illinois Woman’s Press Association. In her forward she remarked, “The marvel of memory makes of life the real high and holy thing that it is—a bond between the past and present—the prelude of the future.” The publication was a recollection of and tribute to the vision of the group of women who founded IWPA in Chicago, Illinois, in 1885.
In 2014, Marianne Wolf and Susan Brauer collaborated with members of IWPA to celebrate the memory of those hundred years since that early publication. If The Memory Book was “the bridge from the then of eighteen eighty-six to the now of nineteen fourteen” this edition of short stories, poems and commentaries are reflective expressions of the broad outlook on human affairs by today’s members.
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Jane Pauley’s smile is immediate as she arrives at the reception. For more than 30 years, Jane’s been that familiar face and respected journalist we’ve come to know and trust. Truth be told, more than 300 “fans” like me turned out at the Union League Club of Chicago to meet and hear Jane speak about her current book, Your Life Calling: Reimagining the Rest of Your Life, because she has been and remains a role model for generations of women who watched JanePaulyher life unfold before us on national television. With classic style and grace, Jane was honest and inspiring as she wove the story of her own life along with the personal journeys of the men and women she’s showcased in her book.
Jane’s enthusiasm is motivating. Meeting her at this particular stage of her life is energizing. During my turn at the author’s table, it felt as though I was talking with a friend – reintroduced from long ago. To quote her, “Reinvention may require being reintroduced to yourself.” Our conversation brought back memories of my baby boomer college days filled with a daily dose of catching the younger Jane as the co-anchor on the Chicago station WMAQ-TV and watching along with my roommates her advancement into the Barbara Walters slot on the NBC Today Show a year later. She set a new standard and we gladly stepped along.
We often hear about the theory of six degrees of separation… that everyone is six or fewer steps away, by way of introduction, from any other person in the world…so it didn’t surprise me to learn of Jane Pauley’s connection to the National Federation of Press Women where today I serve on its elected board. Jane topped the list of speakers at the June 6-10, 1979 NFPW Convention (as it was called back then) hosted by the Women’s Press Club of Indiana in Indianapolis where she was awarded an honorary membership for her achievements.
She represented the aspirations and goals of many women, particularly in my generation. We could relate to her then. After listening to her and reading her book we relate to her even more now. Jane continues to guide us as we navigate the unknowns of our lives and assures us we are “all in this together.”
Marianne’s new Book “Leadership 1937-2013, The First Forty Presidents of the National Federation of Press Women”
The National Federation of Press Women has honored Marianne with its 2013 Communicator of Achievement (COA) award presented during the Aug.23 Communicator of Achievement banquet held at the Marriott City Center in downtown Salt Lake City. “You will never know how much this award means to me,” she said. “I consider NFPW more than just my professional family.”
The national COA award is given to the individual nominated by his or her state affiliate for highest achievement in the communications field and service to the affiliate, NFPW and the community. Eight other nominees representing affiliates nationwide were honored at the state level and competed for the national award.
On May 16, the Illinois Women’s Press Association announced Wolf-Astrauskas, a two-term President of the Illinois Woman’s Press Association, and Executive Board Secretary of National Federation of Press Women, as their 2013 Communicator of Achievement at its awards luncheon. Marianne continues the tradition of communicative collaboration established by Helen Miller Malloch, former IWPA President and Founder/President of the NFPW. She has served IWPA as Vice President/Membership Chair, High School Contest Chair, Book Fair Chair, and is the Co-Editor of The Anthology, to be published in 2014. In 2008, she was named the IWPA COA. She has served the National Federation of Press Women as Membership Chair and was recently elected as Second Vice President for the 2013-2015 term.
The story of the National Federation of Press Women began when Helen Miller Malloch had a vision for a national organization comprised of professional newspaperwomen and writers in 1935, similar to the vision Marion MacBride of the Boston Post had as the press commissioner for the 1884 World’s Industrial and Cotton Centennial in New Orleans, La.
With Helen as its president, the Illinois Woman’s Press Association was interested in getting copyright legislation through Congress. With advances in radio, it became obvious to Helen state groups of women writers needed to band together for mutual benefits and legal protection for compensation of their literary work. She saw multiple advantages that national unification could offer its membership. From the founding of the organization in 1935 to her death at the 1963 convention Helen gave 28 years of her life to NFPW.
We celebrate the 40 presidents who helped shape the National Federation of Press Women in its first 76 years. These remarkable women have inspired, mentored and led by personal example. Each brought to the task more than just a willingness to serve. Collectively, they have been exceptional individuals weaving a rich heritage with each generation of members. Through their efforts the National Federation of Press Women remains a dynamic and relevant organization. This historical volume chronicles a glimpse of the spirit and resolve these leaders unselfishly committed to the success of the federation.
A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the book will go to the National Federation of Press Women Education Fund and to the Illinois Woman’s Press Association Education Fund.