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 2010 must be received by Friday, Aug. 20.
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.
On Nov. 17 of last year, Doris Ragan and Alta C. Trask were enshrined into the Lake County Women’s Hall of Fame. The two women became the 26th and 27th women selected for the prestigious honor.
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.
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.
In addition, the Lake County Board of County Commissioners is seeking two members for the Women’s Hall of Fame Selection Committee, which reviews applications and typically meets once a year. Applications may be filled out online or in person at the Board of County Commissioners’ office. Applications are due by Thursday, July 29.