Approximately 22outstanding women will be honored on Saturday, May 6 at the 8th Annual Roses for Outstanding Awards Program at the True Bethel Baptist Church Banquet Hall located at 907 East Ferry Street from 2 – 6 p.m. 

Eva Doyle began this awards program at the Merriweather Library eight years ago and it outgrew the space and had to be moved to the downtown library. This year it will be at the True Bethel Banquet Hall.

The event has grown in popularity. Women from a variety of areas in our community will be honored for their contributions. They represent fields in law, health, education, missions work, business, church and community service, and the arts. Approximately 22 women will be honored. Each woman will receive a red rose and certificates of achievement from state and local officials. There is no admission. However, free will donations are requested to help defray the cost of this event. Rev. Dr. James A. Lewis will serve as the program MC. There will be music selections from a surprise group, poetry, and Sheila Brown, CEO of WUFO will speak. The theme of the program is: “A Salute to Women: Past, Present, and Future.” There will also be a Moment of Silence for the Roses Women who have made transition in the past few years. The program will be dedicated to three of our seniors Peggy Heath, Lillian Hundley, and Leona Daniels for their work on behalf of our community. For more information people can call me at 847-6010. Eva M. Doyle, Founder of the Roses for Outstanding Women Awards Program.