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‘Ladies’ receive awards

Rochester / celebration

By Matthew Stolle

mstolle@postbulletin.com

More than 80 people attended the first-ever "Remember the Ladies" event at the Plummer House earlier this month, a celebration of Olmsted County women that was sponsored by the United Way of Olmsted County’s Women’s Leadership Council.

A local woman, a business and a local organization were given the Maude Finch Award for their contributions to the community and women.

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Maude Finch was a recording secretary of the Rochester Community Chest, an early version of the United Way. She became a symbol of community involvement back in 1925, when she returned the $20 she had earned for her clerical services back to the organization.

The honorees included:

• Karel Weigel. Recently retired from Mayo Clinic, Weigel has been heavily involved in the United Way, as well as other organizations in town, said Carol Berteotti, a member on the "Remember the Ladies" committee.

"She is a dynamic woman who deserves to be celebrated," Berteotti said.

• Rochester Women Magazine. The publication has made itself an important read by spotlighting women and their contributions to the community.

"They keep women motivated to do things and have fun. It’s a nice publication for women to go to to find out what’s happening. It offers a different point of view," Berteotti said.

• Rochester Area Habitat for Humanity — Women Build. An estimated 200 women had a hand in building a habitat home located at 3906 Stratchmore Lane S.E. It was the first Women Build project completed in Rochester, and women helped in everything from laying the foundation to building the roof.

"They took the time to say, ‘women can build this,’" Bereotti said. "It’s about family, about building community and making sure basic needs are met."

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Money raised from the event went toward Imagination Library in Olmsted County, a project that provides registered children from one month to age five a free book a month through the mail.

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