A banker with a deep commitment to volunteering in the Woodstock area was named 2017 Woman of the Year by Woodstock Professional and Business Women.

Huntley’s Lynn Fiala, a vice president at Golden Eagle Community Bank, was honored by the women’s business group during a dinner and ceremony April 17 at the Waverly Ballroom.

“It’s an extreme honor,” Fiala said. “I’ve been part of WPBW for over 10 years, and every year I’ve attended the [WOTY ceremony], and seeing all the tremendous women and all their accomplishments, I never would have dreamed of winning this award.”

Fiala is heavily involved with civic and business organizations in and around Woodstock, including the Rotary Club of Woodstock, the Woodstock Moose, the Woodstock Chamber of Commerce & Industry and McHenry County Independent Riders, a motorcycle group that frequently holds fundraiser activities. She’s been a board member for Adult & Child Therapy Services since 2000 and also helps with the annual Gavers Barndance, which raises money for cancer research and awareness.

“Her never-ending outreach assists with service to many different people within and throughout our community,” said Steve Finzel, president of Golden Eagle Community Bank, who was one of three people to have nominated Fiala for the honor.

Fiala credits her job with helping her find the time to volunteer so frequently.
“I’m really, really lucky that Steve Finzel encourages it, so he allows me to do some of the things I do here at the bank,” Fiala said.

Fiala has worked in banking for about 40 years, starting at Golden Eagle in 2010. She said her husband, Joe Fiala, also frequently joins her in helping different causes in the community.

“Because we’re with people that we enjoy being with, it’s social as well as volunteering,” Fiala said. “My husband’s involved with me a lot. He’s usually right there by my side.”

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