St. Mary's Women Honored for Community Contributions

LEONARDTOWN, Md. (April 22, 2008)—The St. Mary’s County Commission for Women honored two local women at its annual Women’s History Banquet held at the Dr. James A. Forrest Career and Technology Center on March 27.

In keeping with the National Women’s History Month theme, “Women’s Art: Women’s Vision,” the Commission recognized Yvonne Lynn Patton, art teacher at Mechanicsville Elementary School for her twenty-four years of inspiring her students through art and her infectious enthusiasm.

Other nominees for the award included Morriah Cell for her work with the Newtowne Players and Stephanie Taylor for her dance performing and teaching.

Each year the Commission also recognizes one woman who has made significant contributions to her local community through volunteering and creativity. Maureen Pomerville of Leonardtown was named Woman of the Year for "her willingness to jump in and help those in need in any way she can, giving freely of her time, groceries, furniture, and most of all, friendship."

Other nominees were Regina Bowman-Goldring from the College of Southern Maryland, Mary Ann Chasen from Christmas in April, Dr. Francine Dove-Hawkins for her work in education, Viola Gardner from Christmas in April, Florence B. Lanham for a wide variety of volunteer activities, and Marguerite Morris for her work in founding Leah’s House Shelter for Women and Children.

All nominees were also presented with certificates of appreciation and recognition from Senator Barbara Mikulski, Congressman Steny Hoyer, and the St. Mary’s County Commissioners.

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