Spirit Award Information

(Garee Rogers', Hall of Fame, and Spirit awards are equivalent. Award can only be received once.)


The membership of Spirit of the Midwest Region 5 includes many outstanding Sweet Adelines who have given selflessly of their time, talents, and expertise for the love and joy of singing and have had a profound impact on the entire membership of Region 5. Of these, one is the person worthy of the Spirit Award for Region 5. The annual Spirit Award is a very prestigious, once-in-a-lifetime award.


  • Individual members of Region 5 are encouraged to submit a nomination(s) for the SPIRIT award.
  • The recipient will be inducted and honored during the Regional Convention weekend.
  • Each year's recipient will be chosen from the nominations by the previous three SPIRIT award recipients.
  • A nomination form, a written narrative, and a color photo of the nominee must be submitted with each nomination.


Please use the following qualifications as guidelines for nominees: 

  • Displays enthusiasm and commitment to promoting the “Harmonize the World” theme of Sweet Adelines International and Region 5 through her music and interpersonal skills 
  • Actively participates in both chorus and regional activities and functions 
  • Willingly shares skills and knowledge with other members 
  • Successfully completes volunteer assignments 
  • Willingly works without expectations of recognition 
  • Minimum of five years' membership in Sweet Adelines International 


Nomination Process
  • Upload a color photograph of the nominee. 
  • Upload a written narrative that explains and encourages participation for the SPIRIT award. The narrative may be used in the presentation, should your nominee be a recipient.
  • Form to use with your nomination: Spirit Award.doc

Past award recipients are not eligible for the Spirit Award. Past award recipients can be found below.
(Garee Rogers', Hall of Fame, and Spirit awards are equivalent. Award can only be received once.)


To send nominations for the Spirit Award, please email your nomination to Karen Matthews at Reg5MemDir@gmail.com


Some recent winners

(from left: Joan Groves, Leslie Galbreath, Twilla Duvall, Liz Hardcastle)



Region 5 Spirit Award Recipients:
2017 - Jan Nolte, City Voices Chorus
2016 - Joan Groves, Region 5 Chapter-at-Large
2015 - Leslie Galbreath, RiverSong Chorus

2014 - Elizabeth Hardcastle, Region 5 Chapter-at-Large

2013 - Twilla Duvall, Heart of Missouri Chorus

2012 - Susan Martin, River Blenders Chorus

2011 - Sandi Wright, St. Louis Harmony Chorus

2010 - Marian Hoffman, Region 5 Chapter-at-Large 

2009 - Diane Huber, River Blenders Chorus

2008 - Helen Ryan, Region 5 Chapter-at-Large



Region 7 Garee Rogers Award Recipients:

Jill Vanderpool

Gaylene Pierce

Melodee Wright

Phyllis Meyers

Mary Old

Janice Brown

Marti McCarty

Dorothy Wright

Ruby Pike

Harriett Gall

Kelly Deare

Kathy Wattenbarger

Jo Kraut

Gwen Garrison

Pat Duncan

Diana Duff

Sue Fulcher-Pearson

Judy Alterman

Sheila Martinez

Maggie Reid

Helen Shores

Kathy Cornish

Barb Patton

Vicki Ellis


Region 20 Hall of Fame Recipients:

2002 – Jo Ruth Capoccione, Cedar Harmony

2001 – Lila Comer, Lincolnaire

2000 – Bev Shoecraft, Lincolnaire

1999 – Bev Hamilton, Iowa City

1998 – Judy Kaeser, Iowa City

1996 – Jerilee Inghram, Iowa City

1995 – Kris Callison, Iowa City

1994 – Gloria Frost, Cedar Rhapsody

1993 – Shirley Freeman, Des Moines

1992 – Sue Anderson, Heart of Iowa

1991 – Jan Buckholtz, Heart of Iowa

1990 – Karen Koch, Lincolnaire

1989 – Jean Shook, Chapter-at-Large

1988 – Gracie Ruden, Riverside Harmony

1987 – Sally Eggleston, Cedar Rhapsody


Golden Girls


Congratulations to our newest GOLDEN GIRLS:


                        JUDY KAESER


                        Metro Mix Chorus




                        ELIZABETH HARDCASTLE


                        Sound Celebration Chorus




                        JOANNE KENSINGER


                        Topeka Acappella Unlimited Chorus 



And to all our Golden Girls who continue to add more golden years:


63 Years


Carol Schaberg            Chapter-at-Large, Region 5


Claire Hamley             Chapter-at-Large, Region 5




62 Years


Marian Hoffman         Chapter-at-Large, Region 5


Helen Ryan                 Chapter-at-Large, Region 5




60 Years


Sally Eggleston            Cedar Sounds Chorus




59 Years


Anita Wolfe                Kansas City and Flint Hills Harmony Choruses


Kathryn Mills              Cedar Sounds Chorus


Teel Haas                    Kansas City Chorus


Mary Waters               Chapter-at-Large, Region 5




58 Years


Nancy Hill                   Acappella Omaha Chorus




57 Years


Sue Fulcher-Pearson  Kansas City Chorus


Marilee Bailey             Gateway Spotlight Chorus




56 Years


Nathalie Elswood       Kansas City Chorus


Judy Ringering            Chapter-at-Large, Region 5




55 Years


Marcy Newman          Kansas City Chorus




54 Years


JoAnn Karaff               Kansas City Chorus


Lucille Summy             Harmony Central Chorus




53 Years


Wanda Spivey             City Voices Chorus


Helen Shores              Kansas City Chorus


Peggy Sinden              Kansas City Chorus




52 Years


Sheila Martinez          Kansas City Chorus


Mary Haller                 Topeka Acappella Unlimited Chorus




51 Years


Carolyn Haller             Cedar Harmony Chorus


Shirley Coleman         Metro Mix Chorus     


Bev Hamilton              Metro Mix Chorus


Beryl Silberg                City of Fountains Chorus


Nancy Goldberg          Acappella Omaha Chorus





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