Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 11:00AM, Georgia Women of Achievement (GWA) will recognize and honor three inspirational women native to the state of Georgia, who have made extraordinary contributions within their fields of endeavor and concern, and who have definitely inspired future generations to utilize their own talents. Each GWA inductee will be featured in a short video that highlights the accomplishments of their life, presented by Georgia Public Broadcasting. The event will be held at Porter Auditorium on the Wesleyan College campus. At 10:30AM, Wesleyan alumna Susan McDuffie ’53 will honor alumna Neva Fickling ’55 with a performance on the College’s Aeolian Opus 1542 Goodwyn Candler-Panoz organ, the largest musical instrument in Central Georgia.
Since 1992, the mission of Georgia Women of Achievement has been to recognize and honor Georgia women who made extraordinary contributions within their fields of endeavor, and who will inspire future generations to utilize their own talents. Each year three women are inducted into the Georgia Women of Achievement Hall of Fame and the organization now honors over seventy-four outstanding Georgia women.
Golfer Hollis Stacy, Georgia Native & World Golf Hall of Fame Memberis the guest speaker. Stacy was born in Savannah, Georgia, Stacy is the only player to ever win the U.S. Girls’ Junior three years; and did so consecutively between 1969 and 1971. Stacy joined the LPGA tour in 1974 and won four major championships during her career: the U.S. Women's Open in 1977, 1978, and 1984, and the 1983 Peter Jackson Classic (later known as the du Maurier Classic). She had 18 LPGA wins, playing on the through 2000. Stacy became eligible to join the newly-founded Women's Senior Golf Tour (now Legends Tour) in 2001, and won the Shopko Great Lakes Classic the same year.
Lollie Belle Moore Wylie (1858 – 1923): Lollie Belle Moore Wylie is a recognizable mentor for Georgia women. Her story is one of turning personal loss and adversity into inspiration. She is remembered for her creative contributions through journalism, poetry, music, and environmental projects. Her roles both as a mother and a professional writer reflect her belief that a woman can make a difference in her community by giving something back. Annie Hornady Howard in her book entitled “Georgia Homes and Notable Georgians” said: “Her interest in women and their work was always uppermost in her heart and she was never too busy to lend a helping hand to some beginner in the field of Journalism.”
Mary Gregory Jewett (1908 – 1976): Mary Gregory Jewett graduated from the University of Georgia in 1930 and became an outstanding leader in historic preservation in Georgia. She was the first President of the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation, which she helped to found in 1973. She was a journalist, historian, and public official. She was appointed state historic preservation officer by Governor Lester Maddox, was the first Georgian to be on the Council of the American Association of State and Local History, was a representative of the Southeast on the Council of State Preservation Officers and held membership on the Board of Governors of the Georgia Agricultural Development Board and the Georgia Civil War Centennial Commission, among many of her other appointments and accomplishments.
Henrietta Stanley Dull (1863 – 1964): Henrietta Stanley (S.R) Dull is perhaps best known for writing the popular cookbook “Southern Cooking,” which sold nationally and in seven foreign countries, Henrietta Dull became an authority on Southern cooking after she entered the catering field as a widow with five children. Her catering for Atlanta society and the cooking schools she facilitated led to her become a weekly contributor to the Food Page of The Atlanta Journal for 20 years. She headed the first Home Service Department for a utility in the South and the second in the nation for Atlanta Gas Light Company and was instrumental in establishing a home economics curriculum in the Atlanta School System in cooperation with Nettie Sargent, the Principal of Girls High School of Atlanta. Despite her busy schedule, Dull was involved in many community organizations, such as the First Baptist Church, the Quota Club, Women’s Division of the Decatur Chamber of Commerce, the Atlanta Woman’s Club, Service Star Legion, O.C. Horne Chapter of United Daughters of the Confederacy and the Atlanta Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution. Additionally, she served as a hostess at the Peachtree Street Soldiers’ Recreation House during World War I, where “Mother Dull,” as she was affectionately known, cooked for more than 50,000 soldiers.
The idea to create an organization dedicated to honoring important women of Georgia’s history was first suggested in 1988 by former First Lady Rosalynn Carter. A year later, a founding committee was formed to set the groundwork for Georgia Women of Achievement. The first GWA induction ceremony took place in 1992 at Wesleyan College in Macon, Georgia. With this year's additions, the organization now honors over seventy-seveb outstanding women. For more information about The Georgia Women of Achievement or to read the biographies of the extraordinary women who have already been inducted into the Hall of Fame, visit www.georgiawomen.org.