| 2005 Woman of Achievement
Becky Merritt is congratulated by colleagues from Clark College.
Left to right: Becky Merritt, Health Services Officer Mary Deal,
Curriculum Advisor Diane DiVittorio, Running Start Manager Linda
College and YWCA Clark County honored eight remarkable women at their
2005 Women of Achievement Luncheon on March 18. Becky Merritt, Manager
of Clark Collegeï¿½s Displaced Homemaker Program, was among those honored
during the ceremony, which was held at Vancouver's Red Lion at the
College President Dr. R. Wayne Branch (seen in the photos above) welcomed
guests to the event and presented certificates to Clark students Daniel
Borgen and Marissa Katter for writing the biographies of the honorees.
Branch then introduced Clark College Board of Trustees President Sue
Fratt, seen in the photo on the left, who spoke about the history
and significance of the Women of Achievement Celebration, which began
in 1985 as a tea to commemorate National Womenï¿½s History Month and
International Womenï¿½s Day in March.
In Becky Merrittï¿½s biography, the student writers noted that ï¿½What
sets Becky apart from most is her dedication and her genuine caring
for those in need.ï¿½
During her remarks, Becky Merritt, seen in the photo on the right,
inspired the audience when she talked about her job and her volunteer
work in the community. "I love helping people. I get to do that
every day in my job at Clark College. I also get to do that in my
volunteer work with YW Housing. The passion comes when you see someone
smile, someone tell me that we helped them."
| She added, "I was
asked by another college person in the state how I managed to
work with all of these community organizations and how they could
replicate it. I couldn't do it if Clark College didn't believe that
we had a place in the community, and that our community partnerships
were a core value. When Dr. Branch came to Clark, we were
all asked, 'How are you connected in the community?' Easy question
-- easy answer."
Becky Merritt shared a quote from Katherine Graham, the late publisher of
the Washington Post, "To love what you do and feel that
it matters -- how could anything else be more fun?"
|Clark College Trustee Addison Jacobs was among those honoring
the 2005 Women of Achievement.
She closed her remarks by offering
this wish and challenge for the audience: "I hope you are able
to do something you are passionate about every day."
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