Special to the E-T And the 2007 Woman of the year is…

That is what will be revealed at the Cross Timbers Business and Professional Women's Club Women of the Year Banquet to be held in the Travis Room at Tarleton State University. The public is invited. The event begins at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 16.

“We are excited each year to be able to honor several deserving professional women in the Cross Timbers area,” Tina Boitnott, club president, said. “We hope that the public will join us on the 16th in recognizing these individuals for what they have done and continue to do for our community.”

Candidates are nominated by both Cross Timbers Business and Professional Women's Club (CTBPW) members, as well as by individuals throughout the community. The anonymous nomination packets are reviewed, evaluated, and voted on by professionals in another state so there will be no bias. The judges are looking for an individual's community involvement, volunteer efforts, scope of activity, and overall impact to those around them. This year's top three finalists are highly respected local businesswoman.

Contact Gina McEachran at 552-2330 or 592-5818 for more information. Dinner tickets are $15 each and door prizes will be awarded. The reservation deadline is Oct. 10.

The Nominees:

Jan Keith, a psychotherapist and founder/executive director of The Helping Place, was nominated for her dedication to helping others. Educated at UT Dallas and Texas Woman's University, Keith also received her Executive Juris Doctorate from Concord Law School. She is a member of many professional organizations, was a supervisor for Pecan Valley Mental Health Mental Retardation in Erath County, a practicing psychotherapist since 1986, and is an adjunct professor in the Psychology Department at Tarleton State University. Her community involvement includes numerous offices held with PTA and Girl Scouts, softball coach, and is a member of Highland Baptist Church.

The next nominee is someone who definitely thinks “out of the box,” the “Lunch Box” that is. De-Lynn Miller is the owner of The Lunch Box restaurant. She was nominated because she is a hard-working single mom and business owner. Also, she lives a life of service to others that is always delivered with a smile. Not only has Miller provided free meals to local college students through the Wesley Foundation, and several individuals in Stephenville down on their luck, but to missionaries in both Texas and Mississippi. Even though she was busy raising her two children and keeping up a career in bookkeeping, Miller decided to pursue her dream and opened The Lunch Box, a successful deli and catering business. She prides herself in staying behind the scenes, but her impact is felt all over.

Rounding out the nominees is Kim Reed, loan department vice president, at First Financial Bank. Reed was nominated for her vast commitment to her community through her volunteer efforts. Not only does she supervise at the Stephenville branch, but helps out the Glen Rose, Weatherford, and Granbury facilities, as well. A Tarleton graduate, Reed is involved in many local organizations such as the Lions Club, Chamber of Commerce, and Leadership Stephenville. She volunteers for the Angel League and the American Cancer Society. Reed is a member of the First Baptist Church.