Shirley McCown was named Woman of the Year for 2019-2020 by the Sedalia Business Women's organization on Jan. 9.

The SBW met for their monthly meeting at the Sedalia Country Club, and the announcement was a highlight of the gathering.

The event was postponed from November, when the Woman of the Year is normally revealed, but McCown was unable to attend that meeting.

Several close family members and friends joined her at the dinner table and posed for photos afterwards.

"It's very special, because this is a very special group. So many woman have done a lot within their career, for the community, for the state, and so it's nice to be among those numbers," McCown told KSIS immediately after Thursday night's dinner.

The group's 39th Woman of the Year has been a member of SBW for well over 18 years.

McCown worked in human resources and also served as an administrative assistant for companies such as Pepsi-Cola Bottler and Ditzfeld Transfer. She is now retired.

"I have a pretty busy schedule with my volunteer activities, I have a lovely family, including my husband of 52 years, Larry," McCown noted. Also attending Thursday night was her daughter Sloane and her family from Olathe, and her son Michael from Bolivar.

Special guest presentation for the night was provided by Vicky Weaver from SFCC's Daum Museum.

In addition, two new members were inducted into the SBW Thursday night.

In the top photo: SBW Woman of the Year Shirley McCown (center) is flanked by Carolyn Green, left, and Michelle Sparks, right, after McCown was named Woman of the Year 2019-2020 at the Sedalia Country Club Jan. 9.