Two New Vienna women have been nominated for the coveted title of Woman of the Year at this year’s Dyersville Area Women’s Night

The annual event, which will be Wednesday, Sept. 29 from 6-9 p.m. at Total Fitness Rec Center Gym in Dyersville, will feature two women who have given a lot back to their communities, Karen Kluesner and Kathy Willenborg.

Kluesner is a very active volunteer in New Vienna and also at St. Boniface Parish. A lover of all things that grow, Kluesner is an active member of the New Vienna Garden Club where she plants and maintains the gardens around town. She also organizes and helps at the community blood drives and donates blood herself, as well as with the yearly Christmas Tree Angel Project and the constant attention needed at the local food pantry.

Additionally, Kluesner is a member of the New Vienna Historical Society, a former coach for the New Vienna girls’ softball team and a member of the entertaining singing group the Lemon Sisters.

With St. Boniface Parish, Kluesner serves as an officer, sings in the choir and is a Eucharistic Minister.

“Karen was nominated because those who know her say she is always willing to help where it is needed, has the kindest heart, and a smile that can make anyone’s day,” a press release states.

“Kathy embodies what a true volunteer is,” a press release states. “She has in the past and continues today to donate huge amounts of time and effort to a variety of good causes.”

Willenborg and her late husband, Gary, operated a dairy farm west of New Vienna for many years. As members of St. Boniface Parish Kathy was a dedicated volunteer at the many fundraising events such as the Labor Day Picnic where her creativity and organizational skills were put to good use. She serves on the parish council, is involved with the Midwest Pride in your Ride Truck and Tractor Show and serves on the New Vienna Historical Society’s board of directors.

One event that is near and dear to her heart is the New Vienna Tractor Pull, which was started by her late husband Gary and some of his friends in the late 1980s.

“She spends a huge amount of time working behind the scenes before, during and after this event. Kathy was nominated for her volunteerism and passionate dedication to the community,” a release states.

Tickets purchased for 2020 were carried over and exchanged for the 2021 event, according to organizers, and a few additional tickets are still available for purchase.

The event will also feature speaker Mandy McCleary, founder of Nurture Her Soul.

“Mandy is a mother, singer, and popular Christian women’s speaker,” a press release states. “Mandy has been in some type of ministry for over 20 years, and in 2016 started Nurture Her Soul ministries. Mandy speaks, writes, and shares through unique events and social media. She helps women navigate through the journey of life by sharing with the perfect mix of humor and refreshingly honest, real-life experiences.”

The evening will start at 5:30 p.m. for V.I. P. ticket holders and 6 p.m. for general reserved seating. Besides the message from the speaker, each guest receives a goodie bag filled with information and promotional items from sponsors, time to visit with vendors and a catered meal including decadent dessert. Guests may also purchase raffle tickets for prizes ranging from gift baskets to overnight hotel stays. The speaker begins at 7:30 p.m. followed by recognition of the 2021 Woman of the Year at 8:30 p.m.

Anyone with questions is encouraged to contact Kayla Horsfield at or by calling the Dyersville Area Chamber of Commerce at 875-2311.