Beth Fleming, Divisional Director of Bickford Senior Living is the recipient of the 2021 Woman of Distinction, presented by Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois. Fleming will be honored at the annual celebration on September 30 at the Pzazz Convention and Event Center. The Woman of Distinction event recognizes a member of the community who represents the ideals of Girl Scouting. The recipient’s deeds and work fulfill the mission of building girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.
Beth grew up in Keokuk, Iowa, the oldest of Carolyn and Dennis Patterson’s four children. She graduated from Cardinal Stritch High School in 1990 and the University of Iowa in 1994 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Sports, Health, Leisure, and Physical Studies.
After receiving her degree, Beth became a Certified Recreation Therapist and worked for the Wapello County Home in Ottumwa. Eventually, she moved over to the Good Samaritan Society Ottumwa Campus, where she spent 14 years. Her next move was to
Burlington for a short-time position with SunnyBrook until an opportunity opened at Bickford Senior Living in 2008. Hired as the Director for the Burlington branch, she was promoted to Divisional Director of Operations three years later – a position she currently holds overseeing the operations and marketing for 10 locations in eastern Iowa and western Illinois. Beth sat on the Iowa Health Care Association Board in several capacities over 25 years, including Vice President of the Board, Secretary, and CoChair of the Public Relations Committee.
“I enjoy volunteering in the community wherever I can make an impact,” states Beth.
She is the former Board Vice-President for Transitions DMC, and currently on the board for The Burlington Area Homeless Shelter. She is a committee and founding member of 100+ Like Minds through the Des Moines County Community Foundation. She sits on the Notre Dame God’s Portion Day Committee and is involved in the school’s PTO and Athletic Boosters. She was a six-year member of the Burlington Fine Arts League and is currently involved with the Hetta Gilbert Society and Burlington Steamboat Days. She is a member of Divine Mercy Parish in Burlington.
Beth is proud to say that she is an eight-gallon blood donor and still counting! She is a volunteer coach for second-grade basketball and volleyball at the Y and teaches swimming lessons in the summer to children to ensure they are comfortable and safe in the water. She is in her third year as a Girl Scout Leader for her daughter’s troop of 13 girls at Notre Dame Elementary.
Beth is married to KC Fleming and has three children, Riley, 23, Ryan, 21, and Rowan, 7. She enjoys spending time on the water, including but not limited to the Mississippi, and experiencing new adventures through travel.
Previous women honored include the late Jill Blackwood, the late Ruth C. Stein, the late Jane Adams, Janet McCannon, Dr. Frances Jackson, Karen Hassel, Donna Logan, the late Betty Thye, Dr. Beverly Simone, Terri Dowell, Teresa Colgan, Dr. JoEllen Hoth, Ann Menke, Martha Wolf, Amy O’Brien, Becky Rump, Kay Sackville Breuer, and Tammy McCoy.
The Celebration begins with a social at 5:00 p.m., followed by a 6:00 p.m. dinner and program at the Pzazz Convention and Event Center. For reservations or to donate in Beth Fleming’s honor, contact Michelle Hummel at 319-752-3639 or MichelleH@GirlScoutsToday.org.