Garrett Countian Makes MD Women's Hall of Fame

Updated: Mar 29


The Maryland Commission for Women, in partnership with The Women Legislators of the Maryland General Assembly and The Maryland WAG Foundation: The Fund for Maryland's Women & Girls, has announced the inductees into the Maryland Women’s Hall of Fame for 2019. This year, there will be a Garrett County resident inducted as one of eight women honorees.

Phyllis B. Trickett will be recognized for her many contributions to her community and to the State of Maryland in general. Nominated for this honor by Sue Athey and Judy A. Carbone, both past Chairs of the Garrett County Commission for Women, Phyllis is being recognized as a mentor, model leader and woman of valor who has made significant and lasting contributions in the field of Community Advocacy with a legacy that has spanned several generations. She is a distinguished businesswoman having contributed to the power of the voice of women through community involvement, collaborative ventures, and persistent activism.

Phyllis was born in Gorman, Maryland in 1927 and has resided in the State of Maryland for her entire life. She is a graduate of Georgia’s Beauty School and owned and operated a local salon, The Vogue, for 40-years.

She worked to establish the first Garrett County community business association and was active on the Garrett County Promotion Council, pre-existing the local Chamber of Commerce, as well as the Private Industry Council and the Tri-County Council.

Phyllis’s vision and commitment to achieving outcomes is demonstrated at the outset with the goal to improve the status of women and working at the state and national levels to assert fair and equal rights for women; most notably, historically, on organizing efforts to ratify the equal rights amendment and various subcommittee work with the National Committee on Pay Equity.

She served as the Chair of the Maryland Commission for Women (1990-95), was a Board Member of the National Association of Commissions for Women and Maryland State Coordinator for the Interagency Council, UN Women’s Conference, “One Year Later”. Phyllis actively coordinated her activities with the Maryland Legislative Agenda for Women. Phyllis is a founder of the Garrett County Commission for Women, the Garrett County Women’s Hall of Fame, as well as having served as President of the Maryland Federation of Business and Professional Women and of the local BPW-GC.

Phyllis was elected National Chair, The Young Careerists, which promotes young leaders to be involved in networking in their communities; all about mentors promoting protégés. Of Progress and Promise, Title IX, Phyllis worked with inter-organizational women’s groups to ensure women in sports were provided the educational resources deserved, partnering with USDE and on the local level supported efforts that girls’ sports teams were adequately resourced and funded.

Phyllis organized funding for and is a founder of Garrett County’s first domestic violence shelter, The Dove Center. She served as a 1988 Maryland Delegate to the Democratic National Convention. She is a member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church and was active in missions for Burlington United Methodist Youth Services, shelter programs for children who need loving homes. Phyllis has earned numerous awards and honors; BPW Woman of the Year, PTA Service Awards, American Heart Association Merit Award, multiple Governors’ citations for distinguished leadership, and honorable mention in Women of Achievement in Maryland History. Phyllis was also active with the Democratic Party, locally and on the state level, and was a Delegate to a national Democratic Convention.

Other inductees into the Maryland Women’s Hall of Fame are Marielsa A. Bernard, Senior Judge, Montgomery County Circuit Court; Augusta T. Chissell, Suffragist; Dominique Dawes, Olympic Champion; Virginia Hall, WWII Civilian Intelligence Operative; Rosa “Rosie” Gumataotao Rios, 43rd Treasurer of the United States; Evelyn Williams Townsend, Community Advocate; and Pauline Woo Tsui, Co-founder, Organization of Chinese American Women.

The Maryland Women’s Hall of Fame 2019 Induction Ceremony, held in conjunction with the Maryland Women of Tomorrow Awards Ceremony, will be themed “The Voices of Visionary Women: Our Heritage and Our Future.” The ceremony will be held on Thursday, March 21, 2019 at the Miller Senate Office Building, 11 Bladen Street, Conference Room East inAnnapolis, MD. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. with a 5:30 p.m. Ceremony and 7:30 p.m. Reception. The Mistress of Ceremonies will be The Honorable Connie Morella, former U.S. Congresswoman and Ambassador.

Anyone who would like to attend this event is welcome. Registration is required and limited. To register, go to https://2019mdwomen.eventbrite.com. For more information, visit www.marylandwomen.org or call 301-610-4522.

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