TAVARES — The Board of County Commissioners is asking the public to nominate outstanding Lake County women to be considered for induction into the Lake County Women’s Hall of Fame.
Nomination forms are available online or at the Board of County Commissioners’ office, room 316 of the Lake County Administration Building, located at 315 W. Main St. in Tavares. Nominations for 2009 must be received by Friday, Aug. 21.
Nominees typically have made significant contributions to improve the quality of life for local citizens and have enhanced the role of women in Lake County. A selection committee of five citizens reviews nominations, and those selected will be honored at the State of the County event in November.
On Oct. 14 of last year, Harriette Mann and Mary Annie Morse Nutt were enshrined into the Lake County Women’s Hall of Fame. The two women became the 24th and 25th women selected for the prestigious honor.
Although Mann is a resident of Sorrento, her name is well known in the City of Leesburg for her to dedication to the Leesburg Food Bank. In 2008, she celebrated her 30th year of volunteering in Leesburg. The Leesburg Food Bank and its 125 volunteers serve up to 50 families per day. Almost one-third of these families are seeking help for the first time, coming from all over Lake County. As a result, the Food Bank gives out about one ton of food each day and provides nourishment to more than 380,000 individuals annually.
Morse Nutt, who passed away on June 21, 1944, was one of Lake County’s first women pioneers. She organized the first parent-teacher association to cooperate with the fledgling school system in Tavares, which is said to be the first parent-teacher association in the entire state. She also formed, in her home, the first Women’s Club, which later evolved into the Tavares Women’s Club. In addition, she was instrumental in the formation of the Boy Scout group in Tavares in 1915. In 1976, this troop was recognized as the oldest Scout Troop in Florida.
Nominations will remain on file for two consecutive years for reconsideration. For more information about the Lake County Women’s Hall of Fame or to request a nomination form to be mailed out, call (352) 343-9849.