Carmel, N.Y. – (3/30/12) – Over 30 women from throughout the Hudson Valley were honored at Senator Greg Ball’s (R, C – Patterson) Women of Distinction Hall of Fame. Among them was, Wilma Rogalin who was posthumously recognized for her distinguished volunteer service and civic commitment as a Woman of Distinction representing the Town of Pound Ridge, New York.

Created and hosted by Senator 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 formally honored and inducted in the Hall of Fame at a district-wide ceremony at The Donald B. Smith, Putnam County Emergency Services Building in Carmel, NY.

Wilma 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 through 1970, Ms. 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. Ms. Rogalin 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.

Ms. Rogalin’s activities merited awards to her 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. Ms. Rogalin served as Chair for the Defense Advisory Committee for Women in the Armed Services (DACOWITS) and was a founder of the East Coast Airlines Personnel Executives Association. Ms. Rogalin 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.  Ms. Rogalin was president of the Retiree Club of Pan Am – Northeast Area, served as a board member of the Hiram Halle Memorial Library, Pound Ridge, as board member and president of the Pound Ridge Garden Club, as a member of the Pound Ridge Historical Society, on the Neighbor to Neighbor Committee, and on the advisory board of the Pan Am Historical Foundation. Ms. Rogalin was a member of Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church where she held several lay positions, a member of Kappa Alpha Theta.

In 1998, Ms. Rogalin earned the Pound Ridge “Good Neighbor” Award.

“The woman 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,” said Senator Greg Ball. “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 that stands as an example to all.”


For more information or to speak with Senator Ball, please contact Joe Bachmeier: (845) 200-9716.



About Greg Ball

Assemblyman Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) is the Senator for New York State's 40th district. A former Vice President of Exceed International Development Corporation, Ball holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the United States Air Force Academy, is currently completing his Masters Thesis of Liberal Studies in International Affairs at Georgetown University, and received an honorable discharge in 2005 at the rank of Captain after service as an active duty officer in the United States Air Force. View all posts by Greg Ball →
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