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EWTG Woman of the Year - 2006 - Betsy Ford
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Betsy Ford

Betsy Ford
2006 Woman of the Year

EWTG celebrated our 2006 Woman of the Year - Betsy Ford - at our 20th Annual Professional Development Conference on November 20, 2006. Continuing the tradition begun last year for the 2005 Woman of the Year, EWTG held a late afternoon awards ceremony featuring tasty treats, live harp music and of course, the presentation of the winner.

The Media/Marketing Committee once again built upon the solid foundation that was laid last year and utilized a video featuring photographs of each of the past winners. The big event of the afternoon was the video presentation of photos of Betsy from childhood through today. Photos included milestones during her life and a representation of all of the work that she has done not only for EWTG, but also for many other volunteer organizations. Betsy has served in several capacities through the years for EWTG which include serving on the Finance Committee on five separate occasions, Executive Success teams, current mentor to three new EWTG members and has served two consecutive years on the Board, first as Secretary/Treasurer and currently as Financial Officer. Betsy was also extremely active on the Development Committee this year and helped create new solicitation brochures to send out to prospective sponsors.

In addition to her duties with EWTG, Betsy currently serves as the membership chair for the Ladies Oriental Shrine of North America which supports the Shriners Hospital for Children. She has served as Marshal for the Ladies Oriental Shrine and as President for the last two years of the Lady Shrine Clowns.

This award celebrates more than 15 years service to EWTG and 22 years of state service including employment with the Railroad Commission, State Auditor's Office and the State Securities Board.Betsy retired from state service earlier this year.

Betsy joins the company of the distinguished past honorees: Elaine Powell 1993, Claudia Stravato 1994, Frankie Watson 1995, Mary Lou Ralls 1996, Lora Weber 1997, Mary Lambert Howerton 1998, Donna Rolland 1999, Denise Pittard 2000, Penny Johnson 2001, Jan Thomas 2002, Susan Johnson 2003, Carol Willis 2004, and Joelyn Weeks 2005.

Thank you Betsy, for your hard work and dedication you have shown over the years.


EWTG:  What’s in it for Me?
by Betsy Ford, EWTG’s 2006 Woman of the Year

Last month I shared with conference-goers my answer:  When I got to thinking back over the years I’d spent raising my children and serving as a Girl Scout leader, I realized that one of my goals had been providing my children with experiences that would give them the courage and confidence that I felt was needed to take on life’s challenges.

It takes courage and confidence to do what you believe is right, even when pressured to accept less.  It takes courage and confidence to take that first step forward, and learn or try something new.  It takes courage and confidence to look beyond yourself and help others — to believe you have something to contribute.

Just prior to the November conference, I spent some time thinking about some of my past activities — I wanted to prepare myself for accepting the incredible honor you all bestowed and appreciate it fully.  As I recalled these experiences, I began to realize that the things I had been working so hard to provide my children, my Girl Scout troop and others were the very things EWTG has provided me!  It is my EWTG experiences and friendships that carried me through some difficult times these past few years, helped me move forward and grow, and allowed me to serve others — all at the same time.

What does EWTG have to offer?

  • Leadership development through service in EWTG Committees or Board positions
  • Leadership and management training through EWTG monthly minicourses and the EWTG annual conference
  • Glimpses into true leaders’ lives — and how they do what they do — through monthly EWTG luncheon speaker presentations
  • Support and friendship through EWTG Executive Success Teams and EWTG Buddies
  • An opportunity to help others through EWTG community service projects and other volunteer opportunities; and
  • Networking and new friends through participation in any of EWTG’s many activities.

You can’t miss, no matter the choices you make.  The whole package is here, available for all who want it.  You simply have to muster the courage and confidence to take the first step and participate in EWTG.  You’ll be amazed at what you can do, if only you will try.  What’s in it for you?  You’ll be surprised!!

Thank you, EWTG, for honoring me as your 2006 Woman of the Year.  And more importantly, thank you for helping me develop me!

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