More than 300 people gathered at the Putnam County Emergency Services Center recently when state Sen. Greg Ball, R-Patterson, hosted his inaugural 40th Senate District “Women of Distinction” ceremony to honor more than 30 women for their community service and dedication.
Speakers included former Rep. Sue Kelly and Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell and the executive director of the Putnam County/Northern Westchester Women’s Resource Center, Ann Ellsworth.
“Throughout my career, I have been side by side as a working mom with the most amazing women, who give up everything they have for their families,” Odell said. “As we’ve grown older, we’ve had to take care of our parents, grandparents and children. None of it is easy, but we keep the joy in our heart, it all becomes very easy. I’m very honored.”
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 district was asked to nominate a woman to be honored.
“There isn’t anyone being honored here tonight that hasn’t expanded our sense of community,” said Kelly, as she praised the honorees. “Because of all the volunteer work they’ve done, every community that is represented here today is indebted to these women.”
Ball said: “The women who are here today were nominated by their communities, hand-picked because they chose a path of leadership, living a life of service before self.
“Each one of these women here today is so well deserving of this honor because they have built a reputation of action, compassion and integrity: a path that stands as an example to all.” (ARTICLE)