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Two receive Life of Leadership awards from Women at the Table

May 10, 2012|By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com
  • Paula Lampton, left, and Judy Lyons Wolf were honored with Life of Leadership awards Thursday during the 12th annual Life of Leadership Dinner and Celebration sponsored by Women at the Table.
By Joe Crocetta/Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN — Paula Lampton worked to improve the academic success of students at Smithsburg Middle School, served on the Washington County Planning Commission and the Washington County Board of Zoning Appeals. She also was elected to the Republican Central Committee for about four years and is on the Hagerstown Community College Foundation board of directors.

Judy Lyons Wolf is a legal consultant and mediator specializing in women’s rights, human rights and nonprofit administration. She was also a founding member of the Maryland Grape Growers Association, editor of the quarterly publication, “Maryland Grapevine,” and the first executive director of Hospice of Washington County.

The two women were honored during the 12th annual Life of Leadership Dinner and Celebration Thursday night sponsored by Women at the Table, an organization that works to get women elected to public office in Washington County, and to achieve parity in elected and appointed positions.

About 30 people attended the event in the Cumberland Room of the Ramada Plaza Hotel on Underpass Way.

Lampton was raised in the Butler, Pa., area and graduated from Montefiore Hospital as a registered nurse. Lampton and her husband, Ed, moved to the county when he got a job as a radiologist. She became active in the Smithsburg school community while her children were students.

At Smithsburg Middle, Lampton helped start Success Through Academic Recognition Students, which works with students who show improvement in their studies.

Lampton also joined the YMCA board of directors and chaired the panel when the organization was building a new facility on Eastern Boulevard.

“Paula is the original Energizer Bunny,” said Lieba Cohen of Hagerstown, who first met Lampton while the two were involved in Leadership Hagerstown about 25 years ago.

Wolf obtained her degrees from Manhattanville College and Georgetown Law Center and served on the Washington County Commission for Women from 1993 to 2001.

She was on the Frederick County advisory board to Planned Parenthood of Maryland from 1983 to 2000, a founding member of WATT and has served with the National Equity Justice Library — the nation’s first and only institution dedicated to advancing equal justice to those unable to afford legal counsel.

Kay Hoffman of Willamsport recalled working with Wolf at Hospice of Washington County. The organization had a staff of five but has now grown to more than 100, Hoffman said.

“We grew the agency because she was there to show us how,” Hoffman said.

Wolf said she was humbled to receive the award, and has been impressed by the “staying power” of WATT.

“WATT is a beacon of hope,” she said.

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