Eleven nominated for Victor Chamber award
Thursday, February 2, 2012
Victor — Eleven final nominees across three categories have been announced by the Victor Chamber of Commerce for its inaugural “Women of Excellence” awards, formally honoring the passion, vision, and commitment of exemplary women.
Nominations included women who live, work, attend school or volunteer in Victor. Winners will be announced at the Women of Excellence Awards event beginning at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23 at the Ravenwood Golf Club, 929 Lynaugh Road.
In recognition and respect for its rich Native American roots as exemplified by Ganondagan, the Seneca historic site and partner for this event, nominators were requested to submit women who demonstrate the qualities of Jikohnsaseh (gi-GON-sa-say). Known as the “Mother of Nations,” Jikohnsaseh played a major role in bringing together five disparate Nations into the Iroquois, or Haudenosaunee (HO-dee-no-saw-nee) Confederacy.
For The Jikohnsaseh Award (overall achievement):
• Kathleen Draper, owner and president of Finger Lakes Biochar
• Kristin Elliot, owner and president of Doodie Pack LLC
• Jeanette Miller, executive director of Friends of Ganondagan
• Kathy Rayburn, executive director of Victor Local Development Corporation
• Susan Stehling, retired Victor business owner, Act 2 Consignment Shop
For The Lantern Award (longstanding achievement):
• Laurie F. Allan, president of Laurie Allen & Associates
• Kathleen Houser, retired Victor Central School District art teacher and interim Victor Primary School Principal
• Babette Huber, town historian for Town of Victor and retired Victor Central School teacher
Nominees for The Youth of Promise Award (student):
• Michelle Hart
• Victoria Mattick
• Emily Seiter
All student nominees are seniors at Victor High School.
Each category winner will receive a piece of hand-carved art glass jewelry by internationally known Victor artist William Glasner. The Jikohnsaseh award has been custom engraved. The winners’ jewelry will be on display at the awards event.
“The committee is thrilled with the superb nominations we received in our inaugural year,” said Samantha Johnson, chair of the Victor Chamber Board of Directors. “These awards are a true testament to the outstanding women of the Victor community.” The awards committee is composed of individuals representing various Victor constituencies.
Speaking on behalf of Ganondagan, Ronnie Reitter (Seneca) said, “We are honored to partner with the Chamber on this project which recognizes Jikohnsaseh in such a significant way.” Reitter is one of the interpretive staff at Ganondagan State Historic Site.
Jikohnsaseh was a woman of great vision and wisdom, and a devoted leader of her people. Leading by example, this brilliant arbitrator and diplomat was instrumental in bringing together the disparate Five Nations into a Confederacy founded on the message of peace and justice — one that pre-dated the American constitution by more than 700 years.
Jikohnsaseh’s passion for peace among all her people equally also laid out the critical role of women who were instrumental in building and maintaining the Iroquois Confederacy, even to this day.
Tickets are $40 or $75/couple. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.victor chamber.com, or call the Chamber at (585) 742-1476.
The “Women of Excellence” Awards are sponsored by Canandaigua National Bank, Eastview Mall, and Finger Lakes Community College, with additional support by Allied Financial Partners, Champion Hills Country Club, Legacy at the Fairways, and Titan Insurance & Employee Benefits.