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Tribute to Women: Annual YWCA Event Set for March 21

March 13, 2011

Six Northern Panhandle women - three of whom, by coincidence, share the same given name - are being recognized for their community involvement and leadership.

The YWCA Wheeling is holding its annual Tribute to Women Achievement Awards celebration to honor notable women of the Ohio Valley for their outstanding achievements in the community. The event will be held at the YWCA Wheeling building, 1100 Chapline St., at 6 p.m. Monday, March 21.

The outstanding women to be honored this year are as follows:

Carry Byrum, executive director of the YWCA, said, "This event is a very special for the YWCA Wheeling because our organization receives so much support from volunteers from the community that it is our way of honoring some women who have made voluntarism an important part of their lives. We are honored to have each of these women as part of our community."

At this year's event, each honoree will be introduced by a friend, family member or co-worker. The presenter will be someone who has personal insight into the integrity and character of the honoree.

Tickets for the event are available for purchase individually; a complete table of eight can be purchased for a slightly lower price. Table sponsorships also are available in varying degrees. For more information about the event, to learn more about the benefits of being a sponsor or to make a reservation, call the YWCA at 304-232-0511.

Proceeds from the Tribute to Women reception will benefit the YWCA's family violence prevention program, racial justice program, women's residence and homeless shelter and women's boutique.

Tribute to Women ceremonies are held by YWCAs around the globe and allow the association to celebrate the accomplishments of local women in community service, business, the arts, education and many other arenas.

Carter, who was nominated for this award by Ogden Nutting, is quite familiar with the inner workings and mission of the YWCA Wheeling, having served as executive director of the organization for five and one-half years.

During her tenure at the YWCA Wheeling, Carter built and maintained an annual budget and planned and implemented fundraising, public relations and board management. She and the staff developed a working vision statement, goals and objectives for each department and an annual staff review process. She and the board of directors worked to develop and implement policies and procedures to meet state law, federal mandates and YWCA peer review requirements.

In addition to her work for the YWCA, Carter served as assistant director of development for the Sisters of St. Joseph of Wheeling, assistant director of communications for Crittenton Services in Wheeling and interim director of Holy Family Child Care Center in Wheeling.

Active in the community, Carter is a past president of the Junior League of Wheeling, co-chair of the Junior League Sustainers, past chair of the West Virginia Public Broadcasting Friends board and a member of the Wheeling Hall of Fame board. She has served as a volunteer for Elmhurst, House of Friendship; Wheeling Symphony Orchestra; East Wheeling Business Council; St. John's Home for Children in Wheeling; YWCA Mid-Atlantic Regional Council and YWCA USA board of directors.

Dalzell was nominated by Bonnie Anderson and Janet Kendzierski, who cited Dalzell as "a woman who has made a difference in her community." They added, "Her amazing contributions in the fields of education and community service are an inspiration of excellence in living."

An employee of Wheeling Jesuit University since 1973, Dalzell continues to contribute to the university in service and teaching since retiring in 2003. She teaches in the Bachelor of Organizational Leadership and Development program and in the First-Year Experience at WJU. She works closely with the Service for Social Action Center for service opportunities for WJU students.

"Carolyn (Dalzell) was instrumental in starting the Counseling Center at Wheeling Jesuit and provided a role model for service and being a woman for others," her nominators said. "She has not wavered in her commitment to the community and to the necessity of engaging students in her passion of service.

"She has blended her service on campus with her engagement with the local community, including her work with people with disabilities in the Something Special Group at Simpson United Methodist Church in Moundsville, the Marshall County Special Olympics program and the Girl Scouts organization of West Virginia," they stated.

Dalzell also serves as a Sunday school teacher and chair of the church council at Simpson United Methodist Church and is involved in the Strand Theatre Preservation Society Arts Council. She is a member of Oglebay Institute's Mansion Musem committee and the Moundsville Woman's Club.

Farnsworth, who was nominated by Joan Stamp and Roanne Burech, is an attorney affiliated with the Spilman, Thomas & Battle law firm in Wheeling. She is a life director of the Wheeling Symphony, vice chair of the Wheeling Park Commission and a member of the boards of Linsly School, Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley and Wheeling Hall of Fame.

Farnsworth is a former member and president of the West Virginia Board of Regents and a former member and chair of the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education, West Virginia University board of advisers and WVU Foundation. She also is a former member of the YWCA board.

She received the Most Loyal Mountaineer Award from WVU and Justitia Officium Award from WVU's College of Law. She was named to the Order of Vandalia for distinguished service to WVU.

Finstein, who was nominated by her daughters, Susie Nelson and Jennifer Lewis, is president of the Friends of Wheeling, chairman of the board of the Wheeling National Heritage Area Corp. and president of the Wheeling area alumnae of Alpha Delta Pi. She also is active in the Wheeling Area Genealogical Society and Daughters of the American Revolution. She is a member of the Wheeling Area Historical Society, Ohio Valley Civil War Roundtable and the Wheeling Hall of Fame board.

Finstein, who earned a doctorate in curriculum and instruction from WVU, is the co-author of a book tracing the history of Wheeling's Pleasant Valley area and is collaborating on a book on the city's Woodsdale area. She served on the Wheeling-Ohio County Planning Commission for more than 10 years and the Ohio County Board of Education for eight years.

After teaching mathematics for 20 years, primarily at Wheeling Park High School, she worked at the NASA Classroom of the Future at WJU for 14 years. In 2004, she and two colleagues founded Polyhedron Learning Media, an educational software development company that has obtained grants from NASA and the U.S. Department of Education.

Forrester, who was nominated by Isabel Harrar, is a member of the Ohio County master gardeners and works on that group's garden at Peterson Rehabilitation Hospital in Wheeling. She is a member and past president of Christian Women's Fellowship and a church elder at Bethany Memorial Church, a member and officer of the Brooke Pioneer Trail Association, a member of the West Virginia Sierra Club and a lifetime member of the West Virginia Parent-Teacher Association.

Forrester is a volunteer for Valley Hospice and the Soup Kitchen and visits nursing homes with her pet poodle. She is a certified yoga instructor and a certified instructor in the Love and Logic school program.

Named Brooke County's teacher of the year in 2000 and recipient of a Chalice Award from Bethany Memorial Church, she was a longtime Girl Scout leader and volunteer with the Brooke County Reading Council.

Kinney was nominated by her husband, Wilkes Kinney, because "she has continued to educate herself throughout her life." He said, "Carolyn believes education is the door that will open avenues of opportunity regardless of a person's gender or race."

A nurse educator for more than 25 years, she is a nursing instructor for West Liberty University and a part-time instructor for Belmont Technical College. She has worked as a part-time instructor for Kent State University and a nursing instructor for schools of nursing at Ohio Valley General Hospital in Wheeling, West Penn Hospital in Pittsburgh and Washington (Pa.) Hospital.

Kinney received a diploma of nursing from Wheeling Hospital's school of nursing, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from West Liberty State College, a Master of Science in Nursing degree from WVU and a law degree from WVU's College of Law. She graduated from law school the same year that her daughter graduated from Wheeling Park High School.

For more information about the Tribute to Women event or to make reservations, contact Byrum by e-mail at or call the YWCA.

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