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Sauter, Scieszinski to be inducted into Albia Hall of Fame Saturday - Albia Newspapers: News

Sauter, Scieszinski to be inducted into Albia Hall of Fame Saturday

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Posted: Friday, August 4, 2017 10:13 am

The Albia Area Chamber of Commerce will induct two new members of its Albia Hall of Fame Saturday, Aug. 5 following the Restoration Days parade. New inductees include:  Annette Scieszinski and Mary Sauter.

 Scieszinski exemplifies the ideal citizen through her level of community involvement and outstanding leadership in Albia and beyond.  In addition, she has supported the Chamber’s efforts through her individual membership since 1981 and served on the Board of Directors from 1993-1996.

As a talented organizer and artist, Scieszinski has been involved in numerous community groups over the years.  She joined the Monroe County Arts Council in 1985 and served as a director until 1996.  She served on the Albia Restoration Days Committee from 1984-1996.  She was chair of the Restoration Days Art Show in 1992 and 1993 and has remained involved with the art show as a participant. In this new role, she has encouraged and mentored numerous artists from this community and local area. 

 Since 2002, another local organization that has benefitted from her involvement has been P.E.O. Chapter H.  She served as local chapter president in 2014-2015. 

 Over the years, she has also been involved in the Albia Historical Preservation Board (1985-1993), Rotary International (1993-1996), and volunteered for other local school and church events. 

 Another aspect of her community involvement is in the Monroe County 4-H program. Her involvement in 4-H began during her early school years and when she served as the State Girl’s 4-H President from 1973-1974.  Since 1993, she has been a Monroe County 4-H Leader of the Troy Good Homemakers, which has given her a great opportunity to provide a positive impact to some of the youngest and most impressionable members of the community.  In 2001, she received the Monroe County 4-H Alumni Award and was inducted this year into the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame.  Since 2002, she he has served as the Monroe County 4-H Communications Superintendent, helping members improve their verbal and written communication skills for the present and future.

In May 1977, she graduated with honors from Iowa Wesleyan College with a Bachelor of Arts in English. In May 1980, she graduated from the University of Iowa College of Law with a Juris Doctorate.

 From June 1981 through June 1996, Scieszinski had a private law practice in Albia.  From January 1983 through December 1990, she served as Monroe County Attorney. 

 Her outstanding leadership in the legal field did not go unnoticed by others in the State of Iowa.  On June 28, 1996, she was appointed a District Court Judge serving 10 counties in Sub-district 8-A:  Appanoose, Davis, Jefferson, Keokuk, Mahaska, Monroe, Poweshiek, Van Buren, Wapello and Washington) by Gov. Terry Branstad. 

 In 2012, the Iowa Business Specialty Court was established and began accepting eligible cases on May 1, 2013.  She was selected as one of the three district court judges in the state to participate in this pilot project.  As of June 27, 2017, this specialty court had accepted 42 cases. This project was established to move complex business litigation through the court system more expeditiously and with lower costs for litigants and the court system.

 Over the past 21 years, Scieszinski has had extensive courtroom and related administrative experience as a traveling trial judge; always carrying a full load of cases, regularly assisting other judges, and accepting many additional responsibilities to help the system run smoothly.

In 2004, she served as President of the Iowa Judge Association.  She is a frequent speaker on professionalism and ethics for lawyers and judges, both in Iowa and nationally. 

Despite all of her personal and professional success, Annette would insist that her family is her #1 accomplishment.  She and her husband, John, have raised four daughters and have added two sons-in-law, three granddaughters, and one grandson.

Mary is the stellar example of a selfless person.  Mary moved to Albia in 1978 to teach.  She thought she would only be here 2 years, almost 40 years later she still resides in Albia.  She cared for her father who lived with her until his passing at the age of 104. 

Mary’s teaching career in Albia has been a span of over 33 years.  For 15 years she tutored young adults for free, conducting the classes in her home.  Never charging the parent or students.  Many students still keep in touch with her.

One more of her accomplishments was coaching the Albia Women’s golf team for 20 years.  She would say she was fortunate enough to have a state champion.

Mary’s passion in life is to give every child in Albia a Merry Christmas.  She purchases toys, clothing, shoes and other needed items so every child will have a Christmas to remember.  She has made sure that every child who may not have a Merry Christmas enjoys what we take for granted.  She recruits friends, family, students and neighbor’s to be on the lookout for bargains.  This way she can make the money go the farthest and get the best deals.  Mary always said, “don’t buy anything that isn’t 75% off”!

One of Mary’s many stories was about a little girl who had tears in her eyes when she received one of Mary’s gifts.  She said she had never received a gift at Christmas that had tags on it.  There are hundreds of stories like this from thankful families.  Her kindness is spread throughout 15 other towns in Iowa.

Mary is one of the most unassuming people.  She doesn’t expect any recognition, this project is just what she does.  She does it very well too!!  Making children happy and bringing smiles to their faces and happiness into their lives.

People like Mary are few and far between.  We are very fortunate to have her caring and humble ways in our community.

A reception to honor the Hall of Fame recipients will be set at a later time.

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