The Highland County Women’s Hall of Fame will be postponed until next year due to concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic and insuring the safety of those who would be attending the event.
“The Highland County Women’s Hall of Fame is taking a hiatus for 2020,” Virginia Purdy, one of the 12 members of the governing committee, told The Times-Gazette. “We’ll plan on having our event in August of 2021.”
Due to restrictions and the concern for large groups being able to gather together, she said the committee thought it would be a good idea to wait until next year.
Purdy, who was inducted in the Women’s Hall of Fame in 2010 for her accomplishments in business, broadcasting and public affairs, said that nominations for the class of 2021 were still being accepted.
“The nominations that we have already will roll over into next year, but we always look forward to welcoming new nominations,” she said.
The deadline for nominations was Monday, June 1, but with the postponement, she said they would be accepted through the same time next year.
Anyone who felt that they or someone they know — past or present — had contributed to life in Highland County can be nominated, she said, adding their contribution could be as simple as volunteer work, the capacity of an elected office, education, business, sports, homemaking or “whomever a person would think has contributed greatly to life in Highland County.”
“Basically, the criteria for nomination is just someone who has contributed in some way to the community,” Purdy said. “We send the nominations to three judges outside of the county who don’t sit down together and discuss the names. They just rank them, and then we put those rankings together and come up with our nominees for that year.”
She said that women selected from nominations had to have either been born in Highland County or a resident of the county for a minimum of five years.
She said that normally, the governing committee prefers to select a pair of women for the honor, but that in recent years the rankings have been so close that the number sometimes expands to three or more.
Last year’s inductees consisted of Sue Boatman, Mary Stanforth and Jane Tissott, while Purdy’s 2010 group included herself, Thelma Coffey, Rose Fisher Merkowitz and Louise Fenner Sprinkle.
Nominations should be written, typed and double-spaced, be no longer than five pages, and detail why the person should be considered for the hall of fame, Purdy said. They can be mailed to P.O. Box 303, Hillsboro, Ohio 45133.
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