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Corinne Gutjahr

Corinne's Story

Corrine GutjahrCorinne Gutjahr received the LWVCA's 2013 Martha B. Taft Service Award at our Annual Meeting. The Martha B. Taft Service Award, named after the first president of LWVCA, is the highest award that LWVCA can bestow upon a member.

Below are LWVCA President Shirley A. Jason's remarks during the 2013's award presentation.

"Over 93 years ago a meeting, much like ours tonight, was held in Cincinnati. It was a meeting of women, all leaders in their own right. From among these leaders a president was elected to guide them into the unknown country of exercising political power in the United States.

"Martha B. Taft was the first president of a truly unique organization, the League of Women Voters of Cincinnati. Today, we honor her example of leadership by presenting our highest award to a League member, in her name.

"The criteria are simple: be a long-time member of the League; be a contributor to the League; and be a leader in the general community. Those attributes describe many of us here. In making a commitment to the League, we all endeavor to be leaders. Tonight's recipient joined the League twenty years ago.

"She has volunteered in the office, chaired not one but two units (Northeast and Metro Day) and served as Unit Membership chair and co-chair for Northeast Unit. She has served as County Government Chair and has been a regular contributor to "Know Hamilton County." She followed the work of the Hamilton County Tax Levy Review Committee since it was established in 1995 and attended scheduled meetings until the past 2 or 3 years. When the Hamilton County Tax Levy Review Committee was in danger of being abolished, she led the fight to reestablish the committee and, through the years, provided regular updates to the County Government Committee.

"She was a first generation college graduate. She has worked as a nurse at Children's Hospital, taught pediatric nursing at Christ Hospital and UC and supervised student nurses at Children's Hospital and the Shriners Burn Institute. After retirement, she and her husband were Volunteers in Mission at the Appalachian Regional Hospital in Hazard, Kentucky. Later, they raised sheep on a small farm in Indiana and were presented an award by the County Soil and Water Conservancy District for good farming practices. She is active in her church and local community.

"I could go on with more about our honoree as she blazes the same trails started by our first leaders over nine decades ago. But instead, I will ask you to join me in honoring both the legacy of leaders past and the service of today's leaders in presenting the 2013 Martha B. Taft Service Award to Corinne Gutjahr."

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