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ZONTA CLUB NEWS: Zonta Club of the Adirondacks honors local women with R.O.S.E. Awards

April 12, 2019
By MIRIAM HADDEN - Zonta Club of the Adirondacks , Lake Placid News

International Women's Day, celebrated on March 8, is recognized around the world as a day to acknowledge the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.

Zonta Club of the Adirondacks marked the occasion with its R.O.S.E. Award ceremony at Heaven Hill Farm and honored eight local women who serve as role models in the North Country.

The club chose the name "R.O.S.E." to signify "Recognition of Service and Excellence." March 8 is also "Zonta Yellow Rose Day" to recognize those who supported women's suffrage by wearing yellow roses on their lapels. (Those who opposed the movement wore red roses.) The club awarded each honoree with yellow roses at the event. Club President Amy Quinn spoke about each of the women's accomplishments, videos of which are on the club's Facebook page.

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Seven of the eight women given the annual R.O.S.E. Award by the Zonta Club of the Adirondacks pose in March at Heaven Hill Farm in Lake Placid.
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- Anna Lucia Izzo is a recent college graduate and yoga instructor who works at Adworkshop. She was recognized for her efforts to promote body positivity, self-care and gratitude with her health and lifestyle Instagram page "WhollyBananna."

- Valerie Abraham-Rogers is a rock in the Lake Placid volunteer community. She has served important roles in National Volunteer Week - Lake Placid/North Elba Chapter, Joy to the Children, Adirondack Singers, Lake Placid Community Day, Lake Placid/North Elba Community Development Commission, and the Lake Placid Farmers Market.

- Janelle Bausman and Lisa Hudson are an engaged couple, both of whom work in human services. Janelle works for Clinton County Department of Health WIC, and Lisa is a critical care EMT for the Elizabethtown/Lewis emergency squad. They recently became foster parents to a newborn girl and are outspoken advocates for addressing a dire need for more foster homes locally.

- Linda Blair has been a librarian at the Lake Placid Public Library for 43 years. She is known for zealously spreading her love of books to both young and old and is a fixture of the local library culture. She was recently inducted into the Lake Placid Hall of Fame.

- Shelby Davis is a fierce advocate for the mentally ill. She is the mental mobile crises coordinator at Mental Health Association in Essex County, Inc., a member of the Essex County Suicide Prevention Coalition, a 911 Emergency Services dispatcher, an assistant captain of the Schroon Lake EMS Squad, and chairperson of the North Country Out of Darkness Suicide Prevention Walk.

- Barbara Erickson has been an enthusiastic leader in the community while serving on many local boards including Lake Placid Sinfonietta, the Lake Placid Institute, and the Educational Opportunity Fund. She has also volunteered at Mercy Care, and has been active in her church community.

- Kathy Ford recently retired from Adworkshop after a 40-year career as a graphic artist. She has lent her artistic skills to countless local performing arts events. She has served as president of Pendragon Theatre, co-president of the Petrova PTA, and on the boards of the Saranac Lake Young Arts Association and the Getaway Youth Center.



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