Women's Council seeks award nominations

Oct 18, 2012 From staff reports

The Wyoming Council for Women's Issues is seeking nominations for two annual awards: its 2012 Summit Award for family-friendly businesses and its 2013 Woman of Distinction Award.

The Summit Award will be presented during the Wyoming Heritage Foundation conference Nov. 13 to Nov. 15 in Cheyenne.

"Last year we presented two awards - one to Wind River Casino Human Resources manager Andi Clifford in Riverton and one to Olin Oedekoven and Cliff Knesel of Gillette's Peregrine Leadership Institute during the 2011 Heritage Foundation Conference in Cheyenne," said employment practices chairwoman Pamela Downing. "We encourage the public to help us recognize businesses with programs or policies that broaden, strengthen or support their workforce."

In addition, Home and Community chairwoman Sherrill Helzer said it is not too early to nominate a deserving woman for the 2013 Woman of Distinction Award.

"We want to recognize women who have had an impact on women in education, the workforce, community outreach, health and wellness or legal issues," she said. "It is an honor for us to hold all of our recipients as role models, including, in August, Bev Dye of Casper, as well as previous winners Dessie Bebout of Riverton, Linda Fleming of Baggs, Mickey Babcock and Cindy Knight of Jackson, Connie Coca of Laramie, Willadeen Chamberlin and Mary K. Schwope of Cheyenne, Ann Robinson and Oralia Mercado of Casper, Frances 'Merle' Haas of Ethete, Kayne Pyatt of Rock Springs and Denice Wheeler of Evanston."

For more information or for application forms, contact Chava Case at the Wyoming Business Council at 777-2823 or

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