Mission: To mobilize women to act boldly on their faith in Jesus Christ!

Purpose Statement: The Southeastern Iowa Synod Women’s Organization, one of 65 ELCA synods in the USA, is a community of women created in the image of God, called to discipleship in Jesus Christ and empowered by the Holy Spirit we commit ourselves to grow in faith, affirm our gifts, support one another in our callings, engage in ministry and action and promote healing and wholeness in the church, the society, and the world.


Logo explanation: The symbol – with cross, water, and a white lily – identifies the Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America as children of God, baptized, forgiven, adopted into God’s family, full of grace and hope in eternal life. It is a reminder of the growth, beauty, and vitality that rises out of that life-giving baptism water. It is also a reminder of the mission of the church to “Go, therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”

SWO Documents and Resources

SWO Constitution.pdf
What is Justice Discipleship and Stewardship
SWO Policies

SWO News & Upcoming Events
  • The 2017 Gathering    2017 Gathering will be at Grace Lutheran Church, Davenport, IA June 16-17, 2017
    All Anew Women of the ELCA Tenth Triennial Gathering will be in Minneapolis July 13-16, 2017.  For more information go to:
  • We are continually updating the contact information on the units in Southeastern Iowa please fill out the following form to ensure we have the most up to date information Congregation Unit Form
  • Prayer shawls: SWO members make fleece blankets and prayer shawls that are given to adult patients and their families who are staying at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinic. If you would like to make blankets or prayer shawls please download this Fleece blanket and prayer shawl resource guide that has been developed by the UIHC Spiritual Services Department.
  • Nominating Committee: The SWO 2017 Nominating Committee are looking for president, secretary, 3 board members for 2 year term, one board member for one year term and 3 for the 2018 Nominating Committee – one year term. Contact Rudei Eberlein – [email protected]
Today’s Dream: Tomorrow’s Reality

The Southeastern Iowa Synodical Women’s Organization is proud to introduce that we have Deb Husak as our TDTR educator.  Fall of 2013 she attended 3 days of intensive training with Inez Torres Davis and other members of the Today’s Dream: Tomorrow’s Reality (TDTR) network.  Inez is Women of the ELCA director for justice.  She supports Today’s Dream, Tomorrow’s Reality, our (WELCA) network of anti-racism educators and advocates.

Deb would love to share what she has learned with you and your group.  She is able to present the TDTR information. The church-wide office provides her with many different types of resources.   A TDTR presentation can be tailored to meet your needs.  The design for programs is very flexible and features a huge variety or options such as short sessions, longer sessions, brief overviews and challenging in-depth learning opportunities.  Bible Studies, videos, discussions, worksheets, handouts and interactive activities and exercises are all part of the program.

Deb is excited to be able to provide and share this information across the Southeastern Iowa Synod to your units and clusters.  She can also do presentations to other groups in your community; her topics cover all people in our communities.  Deb can be contacted at 641-484-2152.  Call her and create the perfect experience for your group.  She is looking forward to seeing what God has planned for Today’s Dream, Tomorrow’s Reality in our synod.


SWO Board 2015-16

Sue Mangels

523 Messenger Road
Keokuk, IA 52632
[email protected]
Vice President:
Kris Elgin

212 N. 3rd St.
Oskaloosa, IA 52577
[email protected]
Jane Kruse

805 S. 14th Ave.
Washington, IA 52353
[email protected]
Linda Kortemeyer

3406 Forest Road
Davenport Iowa 52807
[email protected]
Virginia Eggers
4393 160th St.
Clinton, IA 52732
[email protected]

Judy Hardesty

320 E. Washington St. Apt. 9E
Iowa City, IA 52240
[email protected]
Maureen Johnson

722 E. 2nc Madrid, IA 50156
Ardy Proehl

513 NW 3rd St. #8
Ogden, IA 50212
[email protected]
Jane White

3918 SE 15th Ct.
Des Moines, IA 50320
[email protected]
Lynda Miller

1808 S. 11th Ave.
Eldridge, IA 52748
[email protected]

Cluster Leaders

Cluster 1:
Marilyn Greene

305 West 5th St
Huxley IA 50124
[email protected]Ardy Hines
1911 NW Elm Ln
Ankeny, IA 50023
[email protected]
Cluster 2:
Pat Kolpin

400 MCCellan
Tama, IA 52339
[email protected]
Cluster 3:
Ardith Erickson
1880 Hunters Creek Way
Marion, IA 52302
[email protected]
Cluster 4:
Vickie Admason

13482 Ramsey Rd
Anamsoa IA 52205
[email protected]

Cluster 5:
Roberta Jurgersen
1025 N 4th St
Clinton, IA 52732
Carol Gruhn
700 17th Ave. N
Clinton, IA 52732
[email protected]
Cluster 6:
Gabrielle Machalek
912 21st Ave.
Rock Island, IL 61201
[email protected]

Cluster 7:
Peggy Harris, Secretary
1103 N. 2nd Ave.,
Washington, IA 52353
[email protected]
Cluster 8:
Delores Stigge
11465 N Gear Ave.
Burlington, IA 52601
Cluster 9:
Anita Simmons
1117 D Ave.
Albia, IA 52531
[email protected]
Cluster 10 and 11:
Lavon Heston
6300 School St. Apt. 309
Windsor Heights IA 50324

[email protected]


SWO Directions Newsletter

Directions 2017 Summer Newsletter
2017 Spring Issue Directions
Directions 2016 Fall Newsletter
Directions 2016 Summer Newsletter
Directions 2016 Spring Newsletter
Directions 2016 Winter Newsletter
Directions 2015 Fall Newsletter
Directions 2015 Summer Newsletter
Directions 2015 Spring Newsletter
Directions 2015 Winter Newsletter


10th Triennial Gathering
welca_logo.253It isn’t too early to start thinking of the 2017 Triennial in Minneapolis. Your SWO Board has checked into hosting a bus trip up to the event. We would like to know if you are interested in joining us on the bus. We have contacted Tri State Travel Bus Company in Davenport and they have given us a quote for a 56 passenger bus. The cost per person would be $125.00; for now we plan on leaving on Wednesday, July 12 and return home on Monday, July 17. This amount may seem high; but consider the frustration of driving in the Minneapolis area, plus there will be a fee for parking your vehicle in the hotel lot. Besides, we get chauffeured up and back; dropped off at the hotel and have fun on the ride up and back. The trip would start in Davenport, stopping in Iowa City and Ames. Starting at our Spring 2016 Cluster meetings we will need to find out your feelings on this, as well as at our Gathering. The registration for the Triennial will open in September of 2016. For more information contact Lynda Miller (contact info above)
The Triennial is coming up in July, there is still room on the bus the SWO Board is sponsoring. Contact Lynda Miller – [email protected] or 563-285-8613 for more information. All the information is in the Spring Issue of Directions.


Additional SWO Resources
SWO Facebook Page
Women of the ELCA Website
Women of the ELCA Resources – 25th Anniversary jewelry, christmas ornaments, and clothing
Cafe – online magazine for young women
Bold Connections – sign-up for our Women of the ElCA online news
Gather – subscribe to our Women of the ELCA magazine
Interchange – monthly Women of the ELCA newsletter