TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - A woman whose love of Kansas shines through her work earned honors.
June Windscheffel was honored Tuesday as the 2013 Woman of Distinction. The award is presented by the Career Chapter of the American Business Women's Association.
A luncheon in June's honor Tuesday raised money to present scholarships to women attending Washburn University. June said the scholarship connection makes the honor especially meaningful. She says the money that is awarded truly makes a difference in women being able to receive an education.
A common theme among the speakers at Tuesday's luncheon was June's sense of humor. Friend Anita Wolgast surprised June by arranging for Topeka Police Chief Ron Miller to present a bouquet of flowers. Miller thanked June for her volunteer efforts on behalf of the Topeka Police Dept. and Shawnee Co. Sheriff's Office.
Other speakers included Shawnee Co. District Court Judge Evelyn Wilson, with whom Windscheffel forged a longtime friendship, and Bill Shaffer with KTWU, who spoke of June's longtime support for the public television station.
June's son, Lawrence "Buzz" Hill, appeared in a videotaped message from his home in San Francisco.
Among her involvement, June spent 30 years as director of the Native Sons and Daughters of Kansas. She also served as a longtime board member for the Kansas State Historical Society and supports the League of Women Voters and Topeka Civic Theater, among other organizations.