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Women's group wants nominations

Apr 7, 2014 From staff reports

The Wyoming Council for Women's Issues is seeking nominations for its 2014 Woman of Distinction and Employer of Choice Awards.

Nominations should be sent to the Wyoming Business Council in care of Chava Case by April 30, said Sherrill Helzer of Torrington.

"This is (a) recognition for the recipient's impact on women and/or families in one or more of our council's areas of focus: education, employment, community outreach, legal issues or health and wellness," Helzer said. "We will also consider those received during the last three years."

Previously honored as WCWI Women of Distinction, from 2013 through 2000, respectively, are Lynne McAuliffe of Riverton, Bev Dye of Casper, Dessie Bebout of Riverton, Linda Fleming of Baggs, Mickey Babcock of Jackson, Connie Coca of Laramie, Willadeen Chamberlin of Cheyenne, Anne Robinson of Casper, Frances "Merle" Haas of Ethete, Kayne Pyatt of Evanston, Cindy Knight of Jackson, Denice Wheeler of Evanston, Mary K. Schwope of Cheyenne and Oralia Mercado of Casper.

WCWI's Woman of Distinction Award is presented during a luncheon in the recipient's hometown in late summer or early fall.

Employment of Choice

Formerly known as the Summit Award, WCWI's Employer of Choice Award recognizes Wyoming companies for implementing family friendly practices benefitting their employees and their families.

"We especially encourage and applaud businesses that offer flexibility and minimize the stresses of balancing work and family obligations while increasing employee productivity," said Tammie Archibald of Afton. "Our recipients (including the) Wind River Casino typically have in place generous family leave policies, part-time/flex-time options, opportunities to work remotely away from the office when necessary and more."

Nominations from the previous three years will be considered along with new nomination packets, she said.

The Employer of Choice Award is typically presented during the Governor's Business Forum in November in Cheyenne.

For more information or to receive nomination forms, visit or call the Wyoming Business Council at 777-2823.

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