SANDPOINT — Sherry Ennis’ life has been distinguished by acts of service and volunteerism.

This dedication to others is why Ennis was one of five community residents selected as Women of Wisdom for 2022. Karen Applegate, Diane Arrants, Roxie Lowther and Patti Speelmon were also selected.

After graduating from the University of Washington, Ennis joined the Peach Corps, where she served in El Salvador for two years, running a clinic for malnourished children and being the den mother to a young group of scouts. His impact remains through communication with his friends in El Salvador.

This service was followed by a career teaching ESL at Lewis and Clark College, which provided ongoing opportunities for learning, leadership and inspiration. During these years, Ennis taught international students both the English skills and the cultural awareness they needed to succeed in college. During this period, she also served as a leader/advisor, providing opportunities for students to travel abroad. Sherry led two different groups in Ecuador and another in Kenya and Tanzania. She also participated in the Big Sister program.

Ennis spent many years on the Community Assistance League Board of Directors, serving in several positions, including two years as Vice President and two years as President. During his presidency, CAL celebrated its 40th anniversary. The entire community was invited to join in the celebration – a stage production that spanned the entire 40-year history of CAL. The event, held at the Panida, was well attended and received many compliments.

She also regularly volunteers at the Bizarre Bazaar and is a team leader.

His vision, community care and leadership are evident in other volunteer roles, such as monthly volunteering with Bonner Partners in Care and supporting Kinderhaven at various Festival of Trees events. She is currently a board member of the Kinnikinnick Native Plant Society and a committee member for their community education program.

She showed grace and courage when her husband of over 40 was diagnosed with ALS and was given two years to live. She learned how to manage their newly purchased Airstream and took her husband on his desired last trip through Montana and Wyoming. Sherry was his constant companion as the disease progressed, providing vital assistance.

Dignity, integrity and honor are all character strengths that define Sherry Ennis and deserving of the Woman of Wisdom award.

To be nominated for Woman of Wisdom, applicants must be 65 years of age or older. She has a vision and achieves her goals through collaboration. She shows a love of learning through the pursuit of knowledge through study or experience. She shows a commitment to the Bonner County community and its members, and has had a positive impact, including in the areas of art, music, drama, dance, sports, education and services. She demonstrates dedicated leadership that results in admiration and respect from others. She is an inspiration to others and an example for future generations of women. She faces life’s challenges with grace and courage and lives with dignity, integrity and honor.

The Gala Luncheon honoring Women of Wisdom is scheduled for May 7 at the Ponderay Event Center at 11 a.m. Gala luncheon reservations are now being accepted through April 28 with Diane Stockton at 208-290-6362 or [email protected] Tickets are $30. Lunch includes great food, a program featuring the 2022 Women of Wisdom to celebrate their Lifetime Achievement Award. Please plan to attend to honor these very special women.

Members of the Women Honoring Women 2022 committee are: Sue Brooks, Kathy Chambers, Patti Clemens, Deanna Harris, Alana Hatcher, Julie Jurenka, Pat Lewis, Debbie Love, Leslie Marshall, Barb Merritt, Jeralyn Mire, Marlene Rorke, Ann Ross, Sandy Ross, Tina Sleyster, Diane Stockton, Sally Transue and Cherie Warber.