Younger Woman's Club of Louisville 


YWC Citizens Laureate

The YWC Citizen Laureate award recognizes exemplary service to the Louisville community. Since 1961, the Younger Woman's Club has recognized a distinguished array of Kentuckians for their commitment to our city.

2018 Citizen laureate- Cissy Musselman

In 1993, Elaine "Cissy" Musselman gathered a group of women for lunch to celebrate her 50th birthday. During lunch, she shared with them a dream she had nurtured for years: to raise awareness of and money for the issues and needs affecting women and girls in our community.

This group of women professionals, community activists, and philanthropists committed themselves and their corporations to an all-women’s golf tournament in Louisville in order to raise money for women's causes. Before lunch was over, $17,000 was raised and Women 4 Women was born.

That year, more than $40,000 was raised to benefit organizations serving women victims of violence and Women 4 Women was born.

The mission of Women 4 Women is to improve the economic self-sufficiency of women and girls in our community through grantmaking and collaboration.

Past Citizens Laureate

2017 - Lara MacGregor, Hope Scarves

2016 - Kate Holwerk, Community Volunteer

2015 - Tori Murden McClure, Explorer, Author, and Spalding University President

2014 - Dawne Gee, WAVE3 Anchorwoman, Healthcare Advocate, and Philanthropist

2013 - Cynthia Knapek, Civic Leader

2012 - Cathe Dykstra, President and CEO of the Family Scholar House

2011 - Jane K Beshear, Philanthropist and First Lady of Kentucky

2010 - Lynnie Meyer, Civic Leader and Fundraiser

2009 - Carla Sue Broecker, Social Columnist and Philanthropist

2008 - Anne Northup, Congresswoman and Civic Leader

2007 - Judith A. Lambeth, President and CEO of Maryhurst

2006 - Rev. Tim Moseley, President and CEO of Wayside Christian Mission

2005 - Madeline Abramson, Philanthropist and First Lady of Louisville

2004 - Robert J. Mueller, Senior Director of Mission and Stewardship at Hosparus

2003 - Rev. Tracy Holladay, Executive Director of The Cabbage Patch

2002 - Judge Nick King, Former KY Supreme Court Justice and Philanthropist

2001 - Mrs. Sharon Cecil, Founder and Executive Director of We Survive

2000 - Mrs. Joan Blincoe, Philanthropist

1999 - Dr Will Ward

1998 - Jerry E. Abramson, Louisville Mayor

1997 - Moses Goldberg, Producing Director, Stage One: The Louisville Children's Theatre

1996 - Mrs. Nova Hensley

1995 - Mary C. Bingham, Civic Leader & Philanthropist

1994 - John V. Blalock

1993 - Lois Hensley Windhorst

1992 - Henry V. Heuser

1991 - Wilson W. Wyatt, Sr., Mayor of Louisville, Lt. Governor of KY, and Civic Leader

1990 - Stan Curtis

1989 - Rose Lenihan Rubel

1988 - Lawrence Otto

1987 - Edith McGinnis Breed

1986 - Alberta Wood Allen

1985 - Owsley B. Frazier, Philanthropist & Historian

1984 - Mrs Jef Fish Conner & Mr. C. Hunt Rounsavall

1983 - J. David Grissom

1982 - Phyllis Knight 

1980 - David A. Jones

1979 - Mrs. Harry L. Vallandingham, Jr.

1978 - The Reverend Richard M. Humke

1977 - Major General Dillman H. Rash

1976 - Mrs. Cornelia Atherton Serpell

1975 - Dr. Harper E. Richey

1974 - Mr. & Mrs. William K. Ewing

1973 - Baylor Landrum, Jr.

1972 - Cornelius E. Hubbuch

1971 - Armin W. Willig

1970 - Miss Louise Marshall

1969 - Charles J. Vettiner

1968 - Mrs. Albert C. Dick, Jr.

1967 - Scott C. Detrick

1966 - Thomas Ballantine & Archibald Cochran

1965 - Mrs. James S. Tate

1964 - Dr. & Mrs. Arthur K. Keeney, Professors and Civic Leaders

1963 - Mrs. Dann C. Byck, President of Louisville Philharmonic

1962 - C.R. Graham

1961 - Robert S. Whitney, Founder and Conductor of the Louisville Opera


Younger Woman's Club of Louisville  is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

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