Nine women from the southwest Riverside County area were honored as “Women of Distinction” by state Sen. Mike Morrell, R-Rancho Cucamonga, during a dinner ceremony in Rancho Cucamonga Friday, Nov. 3.
Morrell’s district, which includes portions of Menifee, Hemet and San Jacinto, showcased the outstanding work of 36 women who are making a difference in their communities.
Lynne Hartung, Resa Rosenstien and Kelly Smith from Menifee; Anna Pechanec Ancheta, Lori Raupe and Sharyl Williams from Hemet and Kathleen Prokop, Karen Revay and Mary Jean Stevenson from San Jacinto were named to the honor.
Also named was Valerie Machain, who lives in Redlands but is the executive director of The Village, an active life plan community in Hemet.
“The women we recognize each year are regarded highly by family, friends and colleagues,” Morrell said. “That they are nominated by their peers and loved ones speaks to the important role each of them plays in our community. They represent all that makes the 23rd Senate District, as well as the Inland Empire, such a great place to live. It is my privilege to acknowledge them for their dedication and service.”
Each year, the Women of Distinction ceremony brings the community together to honor women from throughout the region who through their volunteerism and other efforts set an example for future generations to emulate. Finalists are selected by a panel of previous Women of Distinction honorees.
The ceremony continues a legislative tradition that began in 1987 that includes recognitions of women’s accomplishments by both the state Senate and Assembly.
Shelley Burnach of San Bernardino has been selected as the 2017 23rd Senate District’s Woman of the Year.
This year’s event was held at the Goldy S. Lewis Community Center, located in Rancho Cucamonga’s Central Park.