By Lauren Shipman/staff writer
Lauren Shipman/Trail Blazer
SIFE members stand with honorees at the Women in Business Dinner and Awards Presentation on Aug. 30. Honored at the dinner were Sandra Aven, publisher of the Plainview Daily Herald, Dr. Ruth Rector-Wright, a family practitioner, and State Farm Insurance agent Jan Alford.
Thursday, August 30, the Wayland SIFE team, for the second consecutive year, held the Women in Business Dinner and Awards Presentation in the McClung University Center.
Students in Free Enterprise is an international organization, sponsored through the Division of Business, that is committed to six key principles: ethics, market economics, free enterprise, financial literacy, entrepreneurship, and sustainability.
SIFE member Ashley Beggs described the team’s goal for the event, which they instituted last year.
“We’ve chosen to honor three different ladies in the business community for their achievements … together with others from the community,” Beggs said.
The three women chosen as honorees were Sandra Aven, publisher of the Plainview Daily Herald, Dr. Ruth Rector-Wright, a family practitioner, and State Farm Insurance agent Jan Alford.
“We recognize that women contribute a lot to the area, the state, and even the nation, and they really have since they went to work during World War II,” said SIFE sponsor Sam Van Hoose. “If women left business, our economy would fail, I believe. Because they give so much we want to recognize them.”
SIFE President Micah Evans performed introductions for the event and its speakers while Dr. Otto B. Schacht of the Division of Business offered the invocation.
The banquet’s keynote speaker, Mrs. Carolyn Baker, Executive Vice President of Hale County State Bank and current President of the Plainview Chamber of Commerce, addressed the honorees.
“May we all strive to grow up to be at least half as good a person as each of you are. You are an asset to our community and we cannot thank you enough for choosing to live in Plainview,” said Baker.
Before introducing the award recipients, Wayland Baptist University President, Dr. Paul Armes commended the SIFE team for their success at regional and national competitions and shared about an honorable woman in his own life, his mother Cybil Leonard Armes who recently passed away.
“All of us ought to pursue our giftedness to the very greatest possibility and potential that we can and so… it is a distinct honor to recognize these individuals who have obviously accomplished much and will continue to do so,” Armes said.