OKALOOSA COUNTY — The Okaloosa County Commission on the Status of Women will induct four women into its Hall of Fame on Aug. 27.
The four women were chosen for their positive impact on the direction and success of community projects, programs or individuals, according to a press release from the Okaloosa County Commission on the Status of Women (OCCSW). The 2018 inductees are Vivian Green, educational inductee; Carolyn Ketchel, contemporary inductee; Gayle Norgaard, humanitarian inductee; and Pam Woodall, business inductee.
"These inspiring women are all assets to our community," said Gail Waller, chair of the OCCSW. "Each of these role models has made tremendous contributions to improve the lives of citizens, particularly women and children, living in our county and should be recognized for the impact they have had on our community."
Some of the four women's achievements are as follows:
In 1997, Green became the first African American principal to receive an "A" school grade. In 2001, she became the first African American principal hired at the secondary level since segregation in Okaloosa County.
As director of Catholic Charities' Fort Walton beach office, Ketchel founded the largest food pantry in Okaloosa County. She also counseled and provided emergency assistance to hundreds of single mothers and other women in need.
Norgaard, a breast cancer survivor, helped bring the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life fundraiser to Okaloosa County in 1993. The Vietnam veteran also served as a military nurse for 28 years.
And, Woodall helped to create more jobs, homes and businesses in Okaoosa County by her work in the mortgage industry. She also has served as the Honorary Commander at Eglin Air Force Base and Duke Field and volunteered at the Emerald Coast Foundation, Arc of the Emerald Coast and Impact 100.
The event honoring the inductees will take place at the Emerald Coast Convention Center at 6 p.m. on Aug. 27. The public is invited to attend, but reservations are required by Aug. 23.
Since 1995, 110 women have been inducted into the Hall of Fame. The award was created to honor women of Okaloosa County whose contributions to the arts, athletics, business, education, goverment, humanities, philanthropy and science have been of great value to the community's development, the press release said.
For more information visit www.occsw.org.