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, Eleanor Fitchen who was posthumously recognized for her distinguished volunteer service and civic commitment as a Woman of Distinction representing the Town of Southeast, 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.

Ms. Fitchen was a conservationist, philanthropist, and preservationist who founded several not-for-profit organizations, accomplished the conservation of hundreds of acres of open space, created two historic districts, spearheaded the restoration and preservation of many century old structures, including the historic Putnam County Courthouse, the Walter Brewster House, and the Old Southeast Church, and served on the executive board of the Southeast Museum.

Ms. Fitchen served on the board of Hopper Home, a halfway house for recently released offenders, where she created a fundraising thrift shop. In 1951, Ms. Fitchen served as an officer at the Federal Reserve Bank in New York. Ms. Fitchen was also involved with the Asia Society in New York City, where she worked to welcome artists to America.

Although Ms. Fitchen’s life’s journey came to an end in April of 2009, her legacy will live on forever. Ms. Fitchen has been a vital part of Southeast’s history and a trailblazer for the town. According to Southeast Supervisor Tony Hay, “Eleanor Fitchen is what the Women of Distinction Award is all about. She has set the standards by which future Women of Distinction should follow in order to receive this prestigious award.”

In 2009, the New York State Senate adopted bill J1855, “Mourning the death of Eleanor Fitchen, distinguished citizen and devoted member of her community.”

“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,” 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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