Congratulations to Martha Hutzel, our 2018 Patricia Lacey Metzger Distinguished Achievement Award winner!
Martha Hutzel, director of Central Rappahannock Regional Library, was awarded the Patricia Lacey Metzger Distinguished Achievement Award, presented each year at the colloquium. The honor goes to a woman who has distinguished herself as a leader in her field, demonstrated personal and professional integrity, and shown commitment to community service and lifelong learning.
The award committee voted unanimously for Hutzel, said Martha O’Keefe, dean of Workforce and Development for Germanna Community College. “She is passionately committed to making the Fredericksburg region a better place.” O’Keefe, who herself won the award in 2012, praised Hutzel for her expertise in leadership, advocacy, community relations and management, and said she “provides strong and visionary leadership in her profession.”
Hutzel is a graduate of the Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Fredericksburg, former member of the Chamber’s Network of Enterprising Women Steering Committee and an active member of the Chamber board. She recently was recognized with the Chamber’s Laurie A. Wideman Enterprising Woman’s Award. She also is a member of the Rappahannock Rotary Club and serves on the Rappahannock Goodwill Industries Board of Directors.
And, clearly, Hutzel is a staunch supporter of libraries.
“I believe the public library in America today is the most valuable community resource,” O’Keefe quoted her as saying, “because it is available to all, regardless of age, socioeconomic status, race, educational level or any other factor.”
In her acceptance speech, Hutzel added: “The library is the cornerstone of a democratic society” and said that your library card is the most important card in your pocket.
The Patricia Lacey Metzger Award recipient will be a woman who has:
- Distinguished herself as a leader in her chosen field
- Demonstrated personal and professional integrity
- Committed, by her actions, to community service and lifelong learning
- Participated as a speaker or attendee in the Leadership Colloquium @ UMW
Aug. 1 – nominations open
Sept. 20 – deadline for nominations
Oct. 2 – Deadline for Committee
To nominate: send Martha Hutzel an email at firstname.lastname@example.org by 9/20/19. In the email, indicate the compelling reasons why you are nominating this deserving woman. Make sure you also include the nominee’s name and contact information. In additional, if she has a LinkedIn profile, please share that link.
Past Metzger Award Winners:
1999 Margaret Blackmon, Superintendent, Prince Edward City Public Schools
2000 Natalie Davis, Director of Volunteer Services, Stafford County Government
2001 Nancy Pierce, Regional Vice President, GEICO Direct
2002 Mary Zarcone, Assistant Vice President Underwriting, GEICO Direct
2003 Gail Johnson, Founder, Rainbow Station
2004 Kay Dunkley, Lord Fairfax Community College
2005 Mary Louise Holmes, VP Human Resources, The National Bank of Fredericksburg
2006 Theresa Livelsberger, GEICO
2007 Alda White, Retired Stafford County Attorney
2008 Maria Snellings Franklin, Union Bank
2009 Linda Worrell, Worrell Management Group
2010 Dana Herlong, Herlong Associates, Inc.
2011 Meta R. Braymer, University of Mary Washington
2012 Martha O’Keefe, Germanna Community College
2013 Kara Ward, Your Launch Group
2014 Amanda Talbert, GEICO
2015 Janel Donohue, Rappahannock United Way
2016 Susan Spears, Greater Regional Chamber of Commerce
2017 Dr. Marci Catlett, Fredericksburg City Public Schools
2018 Martha Hutzel, Central Rappahannock Regional Library