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Nominations open for outstanding Pulaski women

By WILLIAM PAINE

william.paine@southwesttimes.com

The American Evolution commemoration celebrates the 400th anniversary of several key events in Jamestown, the first English colony of North America. In 1619, the first representative legislative assembly was formed in the New World. This year also marked the arrival of the first Africans in English North America and it was the first time English women were brought to Jamestown in significant numbers.

In recognition of this last fact, Carol Smith, chairwoman of the Pulaski County American Evolution Committee, says the committee is looking to honor outstanding county women in history.

“We’re very excited to announce that we will be taking nominations for outstanding women in Pulaski’s past,” said Smith. “Bear in mind, women who made a big difference often worked in the background.”

Smith passed out Women in Pulaski County History nomination forms to all in attendance at a recent Chamber of Commerce women’s breakfast and encouraged attendees to think about women who have played a significant role in bettering the lives of people who live here.

The criteria for nominations is as follows:

1. The nominee must be deceased.

2. The nominee must have lived in Pulaski County at sometime in her life.

3. The nominee must have made a significant contribution to the community and must have                          positively impacted others.

“Think of your mother, your grandmother, your mentor, your teachers … All these people will start coming to mind,” Smith said.

Nomination forms can be picked up and also returned after being filled out at Americare Plus (beside Food Lion), The Visitor Center in Dublin, libraries in Dublin or Pulaski, Draper Mercantile and First Bank in Fairlawn (adjacent to Sheetz.)

Include any pictures or memorabilia for display purposes in libraries or local museums. These materials will be returned in time.

Nomination forms can also be found at pulaskicounty.org. Forms may be emailed to chsmith@pclibs.org.

“Groups can nominate someone, as well,” Smith explained. “People can also be nominated more than once. There’s power in that — if different people believe that a certain person should be nominated.”

Pulaski County Evolution Committee will make its choices based on information in the nomination forms and research on the individual nominated.

Honorees will be celebrated at a tea Sunday, June 23, 5 p.m., at Draper Mercantile. In addition, their names will be inscribed on a plaque to be permanently displayed in Pulaski County Courthouse.

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