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Lake County inducts two into Women’s Hall of Fame

RELEASE DATE: November 20, 2009

TAVARES — The Lake County Board of County Commissioners held its annual State of the County presentation on Tuesday, which included the induction of two new members into the Lake County Women's Hall of Fame.

Doris Ragan & Commissioner ConnerCounty Commissioner Jimmy Conner congratulates Doris Ragan.

Inducted into the Women's Hall of Fame were Doris Ragan and Alta C. Trask. Created by the Board of County Commissioners in 1995, 27 inspiring women and outstanding community leaders are now enshrined into this Hall of Fame.

Doris Ragan is well-known throughout the Tavares community as an educator, horticulturist and community activist. She taught a variety of subjects at Tavares High School from 1946-1981 and then continued as a substitute until 1990. During her life, she has provided countless volunteer hours to the community. Some estimate she donates more than 500 volunteer hours annually. A Tavares mayor once described her as “the ultimate community volunteer.” The city twice proclaimed Doris Ragan days in her honor.

Alta C. Trask, who passed away on April 8, 2009, was an instrumental figure in the City of Eustis. She was the first female Eustis commissioner serving from 1985 to 1988. In addition, she was the first female Eustis mayor during her tenure in 1986. The City of Eustis proclaimed July 16, 2009, as Alta C. Trask Day to honor her memory and the example she set for all to follow.

A tradition since 1994, the State of the County presentation is an opportunity for the Board of County Commissioners to share the highlights and achievements of Lake County Government from the past fiscal year. In addition, the annual report presented at the State of the County event provides the citizens with a detailed report that reflects the Board’s accomplishments and priorities. The State of the County presentation and 2008-2009 Annual Report are available online.

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