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Ann Menke

Posted: Friday, March 28, 2014 10:50 am

For the Daily Gate City

BURLINGTON – Ann Menke is the recipient of the 2014 Woman of Distinction Award presented by Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois.

Menke will be honored at the annual celebration, Thursday, May 22, at the Burlington Comfort Suites.

The celebration begins with a social at 5:30 p.m. followed by a 6 p.m. dinner and program.

 The Woman of Distinction event recognizes a member of the community who represents the ideals of Girl Scouting. The recipient’s deeds and work fulfill the mission of building girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place.

Menke learned her work ethic from a young age.

From chores at home, to balancing the “cigar” cash box each day with her mother, to packaging ice, she always worked hard. Although Menke was fascinated with her mother’s large key calculator with pull handle and large roles of paper, it was her parents’ company, Arctic Glacier Premium Ice, that solidified her decision to become an accountant.  

After graduating from the University of Northern Iowa with a bachelor’s degree in accounting, Menke launched her own CPA firm in West Point. She opened a Keokuk office in 1992 with further expansion in 2006.  

A Burlington office was added in 2013.

“The best part about my profession is that it provides me with an opportunity to help people in very tangible ways,” Menke said. “It’s very gratifying to have someone tell me I’ve put their mind at ease after talking with me about a tax issue. “  

Menke believes strongly in giving back to the community. Her belief is that someone came before her and sacrificed to make her community what it is today.

Now it’s her turn.

She has held leadership roles in many areas such as parish council, community club, fire association, library and economic development. She sat on the West Point Utility Board and the West Point City Council. She currently serves on the Fort Madison Community Hospital Board of Directors.   

Many community organizations have been the recipients of her generosity.

Girl Scouts is one of those organizations impacted by Menke’s passion. She’s just completed a term as treasurer on the board of directors.  

Throughout her time on the board, Menke actively served in several capacities on the fund development, finance and realignment committees.  

Previous women honored include Jill Blackwood, Ruth Stein, Jane Adams, Janet McCannon, Dr. Frances Jackson, Karen Hassel, Donna Logan, Betty Thye, Dr. Beverly Simone, Terri Dowell, Teresa Colgan and Dr. JoEllen Hoth.

For reservations or to make a donation in Menke’s honor, contact Joyce Vance at JoyceV@GirlScoutsToday.org or call the Girl Scout Leadership Center at 319-752-3639.For the Daily Gate City

BURLINGTON – Ann Menke is the recipient of the 2014 Woman of Distinction Award presented by Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois.

Menke will be honored at the annual celebration, Thursday, May 22, at the Burlington Comfort Suites.

The celebration begins with a social at 5:30 p.m. followed by a 6 p.m. dinner and program.

 The Woman of Distinction event recognizes a member of the community who represents the ideals of Girl Scouting. The recipient’s deeds and work fulfill the mission of building girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place.

Menke learned her work ethic from a young age.

From chores at home, to balancing the “cigar” cash box each day with her mother, to packaging ice, she always worked hard. Although Menke was fascinated with her mother’s large key calculator with pull handle and large roles of paper, it was her parents’ company, Arctic Glacier Premium Ice, that solidified her decision to become an accountant.  

After graduating from the University of Northern Iowa with a bachelor’s degree in accounting, Menke launched her own CPA firm in West Point. She opened a Keokuk office in 1992 with further expansion in 2006.  

A Burlington office was added in 2013.

“The best part about my profession is that it provides me with an opportunity to help people in very tangible ways,” Menke said. “It’s very gratifying to have someone tell me I’ve put their mind at ease after talking with me about a tax issue. “  

Menke believes strongly in giving back to the community. Her belief is that someone came before her and sacrificed to make her community what it is today.

Now it’s her turn.

She has held leadership roles in many areas such as parish council, community club, fire association, library and economic development. She sat on the West Point Utility Board and the West Point City Council. She currently serves on the Fort Madison Community Hospital Board of Directors.   

Many community organizations have been the recipients of her generosity.

Girl Scouts is one of those organizations impacted by Menke’s passion. She’s just completed a term as treasurer on the board of directors.  

Throughout her time on the board, Menke actively served in several capacities on the fund development, finance and realignment committees.  

Previous women honored include Jill Blackwood, Ruth Stein, Jane Adams, Janet McCannon, Dr. Frances Jackson, Karen Hassel, Donna Logan, Betty Thye, Dr. Beverly Simone, Terri Dowell, Teresa Colgan and Dr. JoEllen Hoth.

For reservations or to make a donation in Menke’s honor, contact Joyce Vance at JoyceV@GirlScoutsToday.org or call the Girl Scout Leadership Center at 319-752-3639.

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