Georgia Women of Achievement Press:
MACON, GA, March 14, 2013 – Beautiful spring weather set the stage for the 22nd Annual Georgia Women of Achievement’s Induction Ceremony, Thursday, March 14, 2013 at Wesleyan College in Macon, Ga. Three extraordinary women were recognized as the 2013 Georgia Women of Achievement Honorees as a tribute to the extraordinary contributions given during their lives and how they impacted and inspired future generations to excel with their own talents.
Porter Auditorium held more than 250 guests to recognize Henrietta Stanley Dull (1863-1964), Mary Gregory Jewett (1908-1976), and Lollie Belle Moore Wylie (1858-1923). Leigh Goff, president of the board of trustees for the Georgia Women of Achievement, said it’s a very thorough process to select its honorees, who must have been deceased for at least 10 years before consideration.“A lot of Georgia women were obvious choices, like Flannery O’Connor or Margaret Mitchell,” she said. “But there are so many more (inductees) with quieter, yet equally compelling stories.”
The Induction Ceremony is the signature event of the Georgia Women of Achievement. From its inception in 1992, uncovering the stories of extraordinary Georgia women and their accomplishments has been the cornerstone of the organization’s mission: to honor, recognize, publicize and educate. An organ prelude in memory of founding GWA Trustee, Neva Jane Fickling Skinner, was performed by Susan McDuffie who played the college’s Aeolian Opus 1542 Goodwyn Candler-Panoz organ.
This year’s keynote address was given by Georgia native Hollis Stacy, who was inducted into the 2012 World Golf Hall of Fame and eighteen-time LPGA champion. Stacy said she never would have found such success without the women who came before her who wouldn’t take “no” for an answer. Each Inductee is honored with a short tribute film which chronicles her life and achievements. These films, courtesy of the partnership with Georgia Public Broadcasting and the written biographies, bring the lives of these extraordinary women to life. They are especially moving to the grandsons, grand-daughters and family friends of the Honorees. The crowd’s pride and respect for these women filled the room above even the sound of the narrator’s voice.
High school students are given complimentary tickets to attend the luncheon that follows the Ceremony. GWA was honored to host students from Macon’s First Tee program, Gainesville High School, Georgia Academy for the Blind, and Mount de Sales Academy.
Another way Georgia Women of Achievement makes it possible to honor extraordinary women is through the recognition of Personal Women of Achievement. This distinction is a way for anyone to give tribute to a woman, living or deceased, who has impacted their life. It is through this donation and the generous gifts of our sponsors that make the endeavors of the Georgia Women of Achievement possible.
For more information about Georgia of Achievement, please visit www.georgiawomen.org or contact the GWA office at (706) 845-9085.