The Madison County Democratic Woman's Club recently hosted its 17th annual Recognition Dinner at the Best Western in Richmond. Approximately 100 attendees were present as the Club recognized its Maude Ella Park Scholarship and Outstanding Member/Associate winners, as well as lifetime members, past members and candidates who were present.
Natalie Dedic, a graduating senior at Model Laboratory School, was awarded the Maude Ella Park Scholarship. To qualify for this scholarship, applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and a high class rank. An applicant must also be either registered as a Democrat or intend to register as one and demonstrate participation in the Democratic Party. Natalie is the daughter of Laura and Kenny Dedic and is planning to attend Eastern Kentucky University in the fall.
Forniss R. Park presented the second award of the evening, Madison County Democratic Woman's Club Outstanding Member Award, to Mary Jean Dittert. Ms. Dittert moved to Madison County in 2015 and shortly thereafter joined the Club. A life-long Democrat, Ms. Dittert volunteered for many Club activities during the year and was very active during the 2018 election. She spent many hours phone banking and canvassed approximately 1,000 doors in Madison County.
The guest speaker for the evening was Attica Scott, Kentucky State Representative from Jefferson County. Representative Scott was first elected to the Kentucky House of Representatives in 2016, representing District 41. She is the first Black woman in nearly 20 years to serve in the state legislature. Representative Scott has been recognized by Leadership Louisville as a civic and nonprofit community leader. In 2011, Representative Scott was awarded the national "Woman of Vision" Award by the Ms. Foundation for Women. In 2017, she was named to Essence Magazine's list of #Woke100 women in the United States and she also began serving on the Emerge Kentucky Board of Advisors.
Representative Scott's message for the evening was the importance of electing women to legislative bodies at all levels. She pointed out that while there are now more women serving in the U.S. House of Representatives than ever before, female representation is still less than 25%, while women make up slightly more than 50% of population. The U.S. Senate, Kentucky House of Representatives and Kentucky State Senate have very similar percentages, so there is much work to be done increasing female representation at all levels.
The next meeting of the Madison County Democratic Woman's Club will be Aug. 12 at Central Bank in Richmond.