2011 Humanitarian Award Will Honor Roseann Bentley on Dec. 7

Greene County Associate Commissioner Roseann Bentley will be honored as the 2011 Humanitarian in recognition of her long record of community service and philanthropy in education, government and civic leadership.

She will receive the 22nd annual Humanitarian Award, which was founded by longtime Community Foundation of the Ozarks supporter Jewell Thompson Schweitzer, at a luncheon at noon, Wednesday, Dec. 7, at the Doubletree Hotel in Springfield.

Mrs. Bentley was nominated by the Junior League of Springfield, for which she served as its first president in 1976-77. The nomination cited accomplishments including being the first woman to win a seat on the Springfield Board of Education and also to represent southwest Missouri in the State Senate. She was a founding member of Ozarks Public Television and Female Leaders in Philanthropy. She helped start the first “Day of Caring” for United Way of the Ozarks, which is now the largest in the nation in participation. The Junior League’s nomination also cited her role in bringing libraries to all Springfield Public Schools elementary buildings.

She was first elected to represent Greene County’s Eastern District in 2004.

Mrs. Bentley is married to Dr. John Bentley, a prior Humanitarian Award recipient. They have four children and 11 grandchildren.

Tickets for the luncheon are still available. The cost is $20 per person. For information, please contact Randy Russell at the CFO at (417) 864-6199 or e-mail rrussell@cfozarks.org.

The annual Humanitarian Award was created by Mrs. Schweitzer to honor individuals in our region who place service to others as the primary motivating force in their lives. The Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce organizes a committee to review nominations and select the annual recipient. The winner receives a $3,000 cash award, which he or she has traditionally donated to a favorite charity.