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Pitt COC announces 2016 Women Of Distinction

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The Pittsburg Area Chamber of Commerce has recognized this year's annual Women of Distinction. All of whom work in different industries including education, the medical field, banking and non-profit. All have also donated time and talents to benefit the community. And of course, they are now featured in this year's community events calendar. This year's calendar marks a milestone.

“We're excited. This is the 10th anniversary of the Women of Distinction calendar so 120 women and really it's our chance to say thank you and show our gratitude for everything they have done for the Pittsburg area and the community and just let everyone out there know what they've done,” says Devin Gorman with the Pittsburg Area Chamber of Commerce.

Being honored motivates the women to keep up the hard work.

"It only makes me want to do more things and help out the community more. And also I think it's a good thing for my daughter to be able to, she's actually been able to participate in a lot of the volunteer opportunities I've had, so I feel like just trying to move her in that direction as well is good,” says Dacia Clark, one of the honorees.

Both the chamber and honorees hope it encourages younger generations to follow suit

“The reason we've done this for 10 years is we really think it gives us a chance to highlight some outstanding individuals in our community. It also gives children a chance to see some inspiring women in our community we really hope it encourages the next group of leaders to say hey people appreciate our efforts and what can we do for the community as well,” says Gorman.

For Clark, it encourages her to continue to mentor not only her daughter, but college students she works with at Pitt State.

"When she asks me what I’m doing and you know inviting her to come out and ring bells or come count money with me for Salvation Army, you can always encourage the younger generation, there’s nothing that I’m doing volunteer wise that a college student couldn't do as well,” she says.

The free calendar will be available in a few weeks at the Chamber of Commerce.

The 2016 honorees are:

Beth Bradshaw – The Finishing Touch
Dacia Clark – Pittsburg State University Alumni & Constituent Relations
Major Deborah Gugala – The Salvation Army
Pam Henderson – U.S. Senator Jerry Moran, Kansas
Patty Horgan – Community Volunteer
Susan Laushman – Pittsburg High School
Amanda Minton – Pittsburg State University
Martha Murphy – Wildcat Extension District
Laura Samford – Laura’s Fitness & Beauty
Dr. Angela Shaw – Via Christi Hospital Pittsburg
Amanda Sukraw – Community National Bank & Trust
Kim Vogel – City of Pittsburg Parks and Recreation Department

Calendars will be available, free of charge, beginning December 7 at the Pittsburg Area Chamber office, 117 W. 4th Street in Pittsburg.

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