League of Women Voters now seeking nominations for the Gatch Award

Women who volunteer to make their community better are sought as nominees for the annual Orpha Gatch Citizenship Award.

Presented by the Clermont County League of Women Voters, the award honors women for outstanding volunteer service.

Nominations are due June 30. Visit lwvclermont.com for a nomination form.

Winners will be announced at the Suffragist Dinner set for 5:30 p.m. Aug. 28 at Holiday Inn Eastgate.

Visit the website to make a reservation.

Nominees must live and do the majority of their volunteer service in Clermont County. Nominees should symbolize the leadership, energy, optimism and trust of the early suffragists. Women currently running for public office are not eligible for the Orpha Gatch Citizenship Award. All nominees will be showcased and honored at the event.

Orpha Gatch was the first woman to be elected to the Milford Board of Education in January 1924.

She served for eight years and serving board as vice president. She founded the Clermont County League of Women Voters and remained active in the Milford Methodist Church where she taught Sunday School and sang in the choir.

She was a suffragist who worked for the passage of the 19th Amendment.

This year is the 98th anniversary of the date when all United States citizens, including women, were given the right to vote.

Congress passed the 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution Aug. 20, 1920.