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Women at the Table honor Williamsport woman

N. Sharon Leatherman has been a leader in numerous local organizations

May 05, 2011|By KATE S. ALEXANDER | kate.alexander@herald-mail.com
  • Joanne Saltzberg, left, talks with N. Sharon Leatherman, right, who was being honored at the 11th annual Life of Leadership Recognition Dinner for the Woman at the Table Thursday night at the Fountain Head Country Club.
By Chris Tilley, Staff Photographer

N. Sharon Leatherman has lived a life of service, dedicated to the cause of women and children.

And on Thursday night, the tireless public servant stepped from her usual role as organizer of the Women at the Table Life of Leadership Recognition Dinner and into the shoes of an honoree.

Leatherman, a Williamsport resident, was the 28th woman to be honored by the organization, which works to put women into public office.

Since WATT began 13 years ago, it has remained true to its mission to elect women to public office in Washington County and to achieve parity in government in both elected and appointed positions, said Judy Lyons Wolf, one of the organization's founders.

For those 13 years, Leatherman, also one of the founders, has been at the helm as its chairwoman, she said.

"She is just a totally remarkable person," Wolf said.

Leatherman has been a leader in other organizations such as The United Methodist Church, CASA, or Citizens Assisting and Sheltering the Abused, the Maryland Donor's Committee, The Maryland Legislative Agenda for Women and the Maryland Commission for Women, to name a few.

"I'm getting tired," Linda M. Smith joked as she read Leatherman's biography Thursday.

Sharon has always held the causes of women and children close to her heart, Smith said.

"'My role models were always women,'" Smith read, quoting Leatherman.

"And she has become a role model for others," Smith said.

Numerous people stood to speak about Leatherman, detailing her inspiration, support, passion, accomplishments and encouragement.

"She has a passion evident to anyone who knows her,"  Sandy Ferguson said.

"She works tirelessly," Sherry Donovan said.

"What I honor most about Sharon is not just that she is a leader but how she has led," Joanne Saltzberg said.

"Of all the remarkable things you have done, thank you for being my friend," said former Washington County state Sen. Patricia Cushwa.

"So many times I would be in the middle of something .... I'd talk to Sharon and boom! Got it solved," Mike Harsh said.

Leatherman thanked the 70 people in attendance at the event held at the Fountain Head Country Club outside Hagerstown for their part in her life of leadership.

"Many of you around these tables inspire me, you challenge me," she said. "Never has a window closed in my life that another didn't open. Thank you so much."

Event co-organziers Linda Irvin-Craig and Dori Nipps also presented Leatherman with an engraved platter.

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