Six women will be inducted into the Oklahoma Women's Hall of Fame
in a ceremony at 4 p.m. March 31 at the state Capitol. The program
is sponsored by the Oklahoma Commission on the Status of Women.
The inductees are Wanda L. Bass, McAlester; Jeanine Rhea,
Stillwater; Nancy L. Coats, Mary Fallin, Stephanie Kulp Seymour and
the late Bessie A. McColgin.
Bass has excelled in her professional life as a banker and in her
personal life as a philanthropist. She is recognized statewide for
her donations to arts, educational and civic projects in the state,
in the McAlester area and in Oklahoma City.
Coats, considered an active-retired judge, spearheaded the
establishment of the first Mental Health Court in the region in
2002. She was appointed presiding judge of the court until
retirement last year.
Fallin was elected in 1994 as the state's first woman and first
Republican lieutenant governor of Oklahoma. Re-elected in 1998 and
2002, she has focused her efforts on economic development,
education, health care and government reform.
Rhea is known for her work to facilitate and promote growth in
diversity in the classroom and among working professionals. She has
taken leadership roles through an annual professional business
women's business leadership program by partnering with the Oklahoma
International Women's forum. She has taught at Oklahoma State
University's College of Business Administration.
Seymour, an attorney and judge, was the first woman appointed to
the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, first woman to serve as chief
judge for that circuit, first woman to serve as chair of the United
States Judicial Conference and has been a leading force in
establishing the Oklahoma State-Federal-Tribal Judicial Council.
McColgin was the first woman to be in the Oklahoma House of
Representatives, elected in 1920, just a year after the passage of
the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which granted women the
right to vote. She was pregnant with her 10th child when she was
The induction ceremony is free and open to the public.
Rich and diverse
The Napa Valley Vintners Association describes its wines as rich
Oklahomans will have the opportunity to find out if this is an
accurate description on Tuesday when the Vintners Association brings
its worldwide tour to the Civic Center Music Hall downtown. From 7
until 9 p.m. a special wine tasting will be offered by more than 50
Tickets are $69 per person and must be purchased before the day
of the event. No tickets will be sold at the door. To purchase
tickets, call 297-2264. All proceeds will benefit the Oklahoma
Restaurant Association's Education Foundation and Allied Arts, the
financial support group for 20 area arts agencies.
Hors d'oeuvres will be provided by the Oklahoma City Petroleum
The evening's festivities will include a silent auction. …