WANTED: Extraordinary community leader

Jeannette Rankin

PALMDALE – The League of Women Voters of the Antelope Valley (LWVAV) is looking for an individual of extraordinary courage in meeting the needs of Antelope Valley communities. This individual will be recognized with the 2nd Annual “Jeannette Rankin Award.”

This award is looking for people who can work together and mobilize others for beneficial change. These are people who have overcome obstacles in their effort to make a difference. The nominees for the Jeannette Rankin Award are to be leaders who are creating change in our community.

In 1916, Jeannette Rankin was the first woman elected to Congress at the age of 38.  She was from Missoula, Montana and had worked tirelessly for the right of women to vote and child protection laws.  Her example has inspired women and men ever since to get involved and affect change in their communities.

“The LWVAV wants to encourage that example of extraordinary courage in meeting the needs our communities face today. We need visionary leaders to address our major problems and work for their solution with other public-spirited people. The League is where active leaders volunteer to make democracy work and create positive change in the community,” said Terry Van Hook, Award Selection Committee Chair.

The application consists of two letters of reference attesting to the character and activities of the nominee. The deadline is July 23, 2012. The winner will be recognized at the August 23, 2012 Annual Meeting of the League of Women Voters Antelope Valley.

Applications are available at www.lwvav.org.  Call Terry Van Hook at 661-206-8532 for more information.

(Information via press release from the League of Women Voters of the Antelope Valley.)