One of the most involved, dedicated members of our community in recent years has been Patsy Hazlewood, a retired AT&T regional manager. Now, the American Lung Association in Tennessee has appropriately named her its 2012 Tennessee Woman of Distinction.
The award honors the "most accomplished women who have distinguished themselves within their family, career, and community."
Among Hazlewood's varied accomplishments:
• She was appointed by Gov. Bill Haslam as regional director of the "jobs base camp" under the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development. Her 10-county region stretches from Marion to McMinn.
• She was campaign chairwoman of the United Way of Greater Chattanooga in 2001 and chairwoman of the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce in 2002.
• She was the first female president of the Chattanooga Downtown Rotary Club, in 2009.
• She was a founding director of CapitalMark Bank and Trust.
Others being honored as Women of Distinction are Verina Baxter, president of the Midsouth Sculpture Alliance; Sandra Brewer, vice president of Brewer Media; Missy Elliott, co-owner of Cynthia Howell Stationary & Gifts; Kathie Scobee Fulgham, special projects manager for Mayor Ron Littlefield; Katherine Russell Lindgren, director of nursing at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga; Elizabeth McCright, executive director of the Chattanooga Housing Authority; Dr. Mukta Panda, chair of the College of Medicine, University of Tennessee; Pam Schulman, volunteer; Linda Thompson, organist and president of the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera Youth Orchestra; and Karen Walsh, executive director of McKamey Center.
We salute them all for their hard work.