County accepting nominations for Woman of the Year
Monday, 23 December 2013 13:42

Commission seeking women for honors

by Nicole Rodman

    There are a lot of accomplished women in Baltimore County.
    No one knows this better than the Baltimore County Commission for Women.
    Established by the Baltimore County Council in 1977, the Commission for Women serves as an advocate for the needs of women in Baltimore County.
    As part of its mission, each year since 1983, the Commission has honored female residents with the annual Baltimore County Woman of the Year award.
    According to the Commission website, “The award honors female residents of Baltimore County who have made significant, unique and lasting contributions within the community, workplace, or school to champion the interests and needs of women and families, to serve as role models of inspiration and achievement for other women, or to otherwise enhance the lives of the citizens of Baltimore County.”
    This year, the Commission is accepting nominations for the 2014 Woman of the Year award through Friday, Jan. 10.
    Nominations can be made either by filling out an online form or printing a form from the Commission for Women website.
    Printed forms can either be mailed or faxed to the Commission for Women office.
    Nomination forms can be mailed to Baltimore County Commission for Women Awards Committee, 400 Washington Ave., Mezzanine Level, Historic Courthouse, Towson, MD 21204.
    Alternatively, forms can be faxed to the Commission at 410-337-8496.
    For more information, or to submit a nomination form online, visit
    In addition to the form, those nominating a Woman of the Year candidate can include up to five pages of supporting material.
    This may include résumés, curriculum vitae, letters of commendation, newspaper articles, lists of activities and other items.
    While this year’s contest is still wide open, Dundalk has had its share of Woman of the Year honorees in past years.

In 1990, former Dundalk resident Mildred Schwartzman was one of five Woman of the Year honorees after being nominated by the Woman’s Club of Dundalk.
    Another former Dun-dalk resident, Judy Boggs, was named Baltimore County Woman of the Year in 1997. She would go on to be selected as one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women of 2005.
    In 2007, Carla Crisp, community activist and founder of the Baltimore Art and Music Project, received the award.
    More recently, both the 2012 and 2013 Woman of the Year winners were Dundalk residents.
    In 2012, Irene Spatafore won the award for her work with the Angel’s Supporting Your Troops project, which collects personal items to send to military personnel overseas.
    Last year, Turner Station community leader Gloria Nelson received the honor for her work with various committees in the Turner Station and Dundalk area.
    Other local winners in years past have included Dundalkians Marge Capecci, Nancy Dietrich and Alice Mason.
    In addition to the Woman of the Year award, each year the Commission for Women also honors a Baltimore County high school senior as Young Woman of the Year.
    Nominations for this award are also due by Friday, Jan. 10.
    Honorees for both the Woman and Young Woman of the Year awards will be notified sometime after Friday, Jan. 17.
    The process for nominating a candidate for Young Woman of the Year is the same as nominating for Woman of the Year.
    Nomination forms are available on the Baltimore County Commission for Women website at
    Local winners of the Young Woman of the Year award include 2008 honoree Kiranjit Kaur of Patapsco High School and Center for the Arts.
    For more information on the Baltimore County Woman of the Year and Young Woman of the Year awards, e-mail Nancy Surosky at women@ or call 410-887-3448.