League of Women Voters seeking nominations for Gatch award

By Art Hunter

The Clermont County League of Women Voters is looking for nominees for its Orpha Gatch Award.

Each year, the league presents the award to a woman from Clermont County who volunteers in the community, and who demonstrates strong leadership and commitment.

The award is named for Orpha Gatch, a Suffragette who lived in Milford. Gatch chained herself to courthouse doors and fought for the right to vote, became a civic leader, and helped form the original League of Women Voters in Clermont County.

“She was quite a civic leader,” Clermont County League Vice President Jane Sonenshein said. “We are proud that we have our own suffragette from Clermont County – she continues to be our inspiration.”

The Gatch award is presented at the league’s annual Suffragist Dinner. At that dinner, each of the nominees is honored for her volunteer leadership.

“We have had nominees from schools, county agencies, the senior citizens organization, and many other areas,” Sonenshein said. “It varies widely, and we welcome all of these nominees and their contributions. Women are the backbone of the volunteer system that we have, and without them our county would be a lot poorer.”

Sonenshein said that this year marks the 100th anniversary of the women’s march on Washington for the right to vote, and that this year the league is focusing on ‘Women of Action’ at this year’s Suffragist Dinner.

Nominations may be made at lwvclermont.com. Click on ‘Nomination Form’ and complete and submit the nomination before June 28.

The Suffragist Dinner will be held Tuesday, Aug. 27 at Receptions in Eastgate.