Sen. Ritchie seeks nominations for ‘Women of Distinction’
Friday, March 9, 2012 - 6:23 am

State Senator Patty Ritchie is asking people in Oswego, Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties to suggest outstanding volunteers, business people or women who have made a difference in their communities, to be nominees for the state Senate’s 2012 “Women of Distinction” honors.

The program honors women’s history in New York State by recognizing outstanding leaders and everyday citizens who are making a difference.

“You and I know women who selflessly serve our families and communities in hundreds of ways, as leaders, volunteers and movers behind the scenes in Central and Northern New York,’ Ritchie said. “You can help insure that their achievements are honored by recognizing these leaders as ‘Women of Distinction.’ “

Women who live in the 48th Senate District, including St. Lawrence, Oswego and Jefferson counties, are eligible. An individual from each Senate district will be invited to Albany to be recognized at a special reception. Their photos and biographies will become part of a display that travels across the state to bring attention to the achievements of distinctive New Yorkers.

Last year’s “Woman of Distinction” was Karen Richmond, director of the Jefferson County Children’s Home.

Nomination forms are available online at or by calling 782-3418. Nominations are due by April 15.

Nominations may be made by friends, coworkers, family members and neighbors.

“Women’s History Month was established to honor the great women from our nation’s past,” Senator Ritchie said. “The Senate’s Women of Distinction program singles out the extraordinary people who every day make life better in our neighborhoods across the state, including in Oswego, Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties.”