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.
Inducted into the Women's Hall of Fame were Harriette Mann and Mary Annie Morse Nutt. Created by the Board of County Commissioners in 1995, 25 inspiring women and outstanding community leaders are now enshrined into this Hall of Fame.
County Commissioner Linda Stewart (left) congratulates Barbara Ann Rees, granddaughter of Mary Annie Morse Nutt.
Harriette Mann smiles as she walks with Sheriff’s Office Chaplain Bob Whitworth.
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. This year, 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.
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 Annual Report are available on the County's Web site.