by Bob Dumas
POUND RIDGE, N.Y – Wilma Rogalin, a longtime Pound Ridge resident renowned for her advocacy for women in the business world, her involvement in Republican politics, and for her community volunteerism, was honored posthumously by her inclusion into state Sen. Greg Ball’s (R, C – Patterson) Women of Distinction Hall of Fame during a ceremony last week.
Created by Ball, the Women of Distinction Hall of Fame was designed to honor outstanding women from throughout the 40th Senate District. Each city, town and village within the senator’s district was asked to nominate a woman to be honored at the event. All the nominees were inducted in the Hall of Fame at a district-wide ceremony at the Donald B. Smith Putnam County Emergency Services Building in Carmel.
Rogalin was the corporate director of personnel, with management responsibilities in human resources and labor relations, for Pan American World Airways, and co-author of the book “Women’s Guide to Management Positions.”
From 1959-70, Rogalin was vice chair of the New York Republican State Committee and served as an interim chair, and presided over the Federation of Women’s Republican Clubs of New York State and was on the board of the national federation. She was a delegate and member of three platform committees of the Republican National Conventions, and served as co-campaign chair of the New York Republican State Committee in the national campaigns of 1960 and 1968.
Rogalin’s volunteer efforts earned her awards from the American Cancer Society, the American Red Cross, the Mental Health Association, the Salvation Army, the New York State Republican Party and the National Federation of Republican Women. She served as chair for the Defense Advisory Committee for Women in the Armed Services and was a founder of the East Coast Airlines Personnel Executives Association. She also served as a member of the board of directors of the Visiting Nurse Service in New York City, an officer of the Business and Professional Women’s Clubs of Upper Westchester, and a member of the Westchester County Charter Revision Study Commission.
Rogalin was president of the Retiree Club of Pan Am – Northeast Area, served as a board member of the Hiram Halle Memorial Library in Pound Ridge, as board member and president of the Pound Ridge Garden Club, and as a member of the Pound Ridge Historical Society. She was on the Neighbor to Neighbor Committee, and on the advisory board of the Pan Am Historical Foundation. She was also a member of Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church where she held several lay positions, a member of Kappa Alpha Theta. In 1998, she earned the Pound Ridge Good Neighbor Award.
Rogalin passed away in April 2011 at the age of 94.
“The women who were nominated by their communities were hand-picked because they chose a path of leadership – living a life of service before self,” said Ball. “Each one of these women is so well deserving of this honor because they have built a reputation of action, compassion and integrity and a path that that stands as an example to all.” (ARTICLE)