WANTED: AV citizen who makes democracy work

Deborah Shelton received the award in 2011. (Photo courtesy LWVAV)

Deborah Shelton received the award in 2011. (Photo courtesy LWVAV)

PALMDALE –  Once again the League of Women Voters Antelope Valley (LWVAV) is receiving nominations for their annual “Jeannette Rankin Award.”

If you know an individual of extraordinary courage who has worked make the Antelope Valley a better place to live, now is the time to give this person recognition.

The nominees for the Jeannette Rankin Award are to be leaders who are creating change in our community. This award is looking for men and women who work with others and mobilize our communities for beneficial change. They are people who have overcome obstacles in their effort to make a difference. They are pioneers in the same sense of civic involvement that Jeannette Rankin was a pioneer in her day.

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.

“We’re looking for men and women of extraordinary courage in meeting our community needs today,” said Terry Van Hook, Award Selection Committee Chair.  “These are visionary leaders who willingly address difficult problems and then work to bring other public-spirited people together in order to solve them,” he continued.

The deadline for turning in the applications is Wednesday, July 24, 2013.  The application consists of two letters of reference attesting to the character and activities of the nominee along with a basic facts sheet. 

Application forms can be found at www.lwvav.org. Applications forms may also be picked up at the Lancaster County Public Library or the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce.

The winner will be recognized on August 22, 2013 at the annual summer meeting luncheon of the League of Women Voters Antelope Valley.

For more information, contact Terry Van Hook at 661-717-0162.

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