Kay Schmitt of Storm Lake has been named the Woman of the Year by Business and Professional Women (BPW).
Every year BPW honors one of its members by granting the honor. Family and friends gathered at the Lakeshore Cafe to congratulate Kay on being named the BPW Woman of the Year.
Kay has been a member of BPW since 1989. She has been an active and loyal member, serving on various committees and being treasurer from 1993 to 1998.
Kay was born in rural Alta and attended Maple Valley Country School #7 for all eight grades. She graduated from Alta High School and then attended the University of Iowa for two years.
On April 14, 1951, she married Dick Schmitt. They will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary next week. They have three daughters and five grandchildren.
For 10 years, Kay worked as a secretary and bookkeeper at DeKalb in Storm Lake. She stayed at home once her children were born.
She has also worked at First Federal Savings and Loan, now known as First Federal Savings Bank of the Midwest. She became a first vice-president and comptroller. She retired in 1989 after working there 23 years.
Kay has also been active in civic groups and churches throughout the area, including membership at the Lakeside Presbyterian Church where she has been an elder and a deacon. She has been a representative of the Synod of Prospect Hill, a Sunday school teacher, and is current co-chair of the Presbyterian Women of Lakeside Presbyterian Church.
She is also a member of the Hospital Auxiliary and serves as chairperson of the magazine cart. She and her husband have served "Meals on Wheels." She has served on the election board for Buena Vista County.