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Irene Webber was recently chosen as the Woman of the Year at the Illinois State Convention of the Fraternal Order of Eagles held in Decatur.
This was the first time the award was presented, with the winner chosen from nominations sent to the Grand Aerie. Webber was chosen for being a 30-year member and a charter member of Old Capitol Aerie No. 3901 in Vandalia. She has served as a trustee, as secretary for 10 years and as treasurer for nine years. She was also recognized for her work in the community, which includes helping to start FAYCO Enterprises, a workshop for the developmentally disabled. She served as the FAYCO activity director for 19 years. She helped to promote housing for the developmentally disabled, to make their lives more meaningful by living independently.