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Eight Great Ladies

April 28, 2010 - Phyllis Sigal

The YWCA Wheeling Tribute to Women on Monday was an inspiring evening.

Listening to what the eight women honored have done over the years certainly makes you think.

It made me think, first of all, how lucky  we are to have these women living among us, doing all of the things they do. ...

Susie Baker: Growing up in a family of 11 children, she knew what it was like to not have all of the school supplies necessary at the beginning of a school year. She is the founder of the Back to School Fun Fair in Marshall County, where hundreds of school children can receive free pencils, backpacks, notebooks and more.

Margaret Brennan: She knows history, and she keeps us in touch with our past. In fact, her speech at the event was to give us a bit of a history lesson on the YWCA building and the ground it rests upon.

Roslyn Lando: I've know Roz all of my life; her daughter, Lisa Allen, is one of my best friends. Roz is a volunteer's volunteer, having been very involved with Temple Shalom, the YWCA, Oglebay Institute and Mount de Chantal ... just to name a few.

Kristine Molnar: Financial consultant and executive vice president of community relations for Wesbanco Inc., Molnar has done big stuff over the years — one of the biggest is having served as a board member of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland.

Kathleen Hogan Schenk: Bill Hogan spoke of his late sister during the event. Schenk was well known for her philanthropic efforts and generosity to many area organizations.

Darlene Stradwick: Fifteenth of 16 children! Wow. She had to hurry on out of the event after she was honored to get to a science fair where her students were presenting their projects. She is a program specialist with the Health and Sciences and Technology Academy, which works to develop student interest in health sciences and secondary science education.

Gladys Van Horne: We've all read Gladys' articles and columns in the News-Register over the years. She's a lovely woman whom I have always admired.

Gail "Boatsie" Van Vranken: Boatsie's Boxes is one of Van Vranken's claims to fame. The organization that she founded sends boxes  of personal items to thousands of troops in Afghanistan and Iraq. She was invited to the White House to meet with President Bush in 2007 where she was honored for the work she does supporting the military.

I loved listening to those who introduced the honorees. They were good friends or colleagues or relatives, who gave us a little backstory on them.

But most of all, the evening made me think, "What can I do?" There are so many organizations in which to get involved; so many ways to help others. I'm involved with a couple of organizations in the area, but there's so much more that can be done.

It's always good to get a little motivation.

Thanks, ladies.

And keep up the good work!



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