MOUNT VERNON — A 54-year-old tradition is coming to an end as the Knox County Distinguished Young Women program will be dissolving and the state program will be moving to Marysville.

“We’re sorry to see it go. It’s not an easy decision by the board. We have a lot of love for the program, and our volunteers did, too.”

Doug Clark, president DYW of Knox County

“The reason we decided to dissolve the program is basically three-fold,” board president Doug Clark told the News. “The first reason is that participation has been decreasing over the years here in the county. Second, the state program has been moved to Marysville, and also changed the dates of the program, which is before the time that we normally run it, which posed some conflicts. The third reason is the cost of running the program with low participation, it has become more difficult. And finding help and volunteers has been difficult.”

With all of these reasons, Clark cited the changing of the date to be the catalyst for the board decision to dissolve the county program.

The state program has taken place in February at the Knox County Memorial Theater for years. The 2019 state program will be held Nov. 10-11, this year, at the Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium in Marysville, according to the website.


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