Women's group honors leaders

May 01, 2003|by LAURA ERNDE

HAGERSTOWN, MD. - When Mildred "Mickey" Myers first ran for mayor of Smithsburg in 1990, some of her closest friends told her they couldn't vote for her because she was a woman.

She lost the election.

But she didn't give up and four years later, Myers became the town's first female mayor.

Myers, 69, was one of three Washington County women to receive the "Life of Leadership" award Wednesday from Women At The Table, an organization that seeks to elect women to public office in the county.

Jane L. Hershey and Edith Sweigert also were honored during a dinner held at Fountain Head Country Club.

Hershey, 68, serves on the board of directors for the Washington County Historic District Commission and the Antietam Battlefield Advisory Committee.


Hershey downplayed her involvement, saying most of her volunteer work these days is behind-the-scenes.

She is a founding member of the Save Historic Antietam Foundation, Friends of Fort Frederick and WATT.

Sweigert, who was born in Germany, is best known for her 22 years in the Washington County Department of Parks and Recreation, where she helped develop Pen Mar Park, Licking Creek Park, Marty Snook Park and South County Park among others.

She retired as the head of the department in 1993.

Sweigert, 80, has also served on the board of the Washington County Agricultural Education Center and the Seniors and Law Enforcement Together (SALT) Council.

"To see all these women, it's such a pleasure that they're so involved," Sweigert said.

Myers, in addition to her municipal government duties, is also active in the Republican Party. She serves on the Washington County Ethics Commission and Recreation and Parks Board.

Myers said she's always been involved in the community.

"Somehow I gravitate to those type of things. Maybe I'm an easy mark," she said.

This is the fourth year WATT has given the leadership awards.

Nominees must have been elected or appointed to a public office, board or study commission.

The WATT board selects three winners each year.

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