Southwest Cobb Commissioner Lisa Cupid and northwest Cobb Commissioner Helen Goreham, who make up two thirds of the three women on the majority-female Board of Commissioners, along with Powder Springs Mayor Pat Vaughn, who heads a majority-female city council, were among more than 40 women at the invitation-only event Saturday at InfoMart.
“The other night, the two men were absent and we wrapped it up in 30 minutes,” Vaughn said of a recent council meeting, drawing laughter from the other attendees.
The event paid tribute to Cobb Sheriff’s Office Lt. Col. Janet Prince; Ellen Spiceland, senior secretary for Georgia Power’s Metro West region; Linda Bingham, community project coordinator with the Coca-Cola Company, and state Rep. Stacey Evans (D-Smyrna).
“These are women that have made contributions to Cobb County,” said Cobb NAACP President Deane Bonner. “We are elated to be celebrating with them.”
Prince said the award came as a “complete surprise.”
“To be among so many prominent women in the community is truly an honor for me,” she said.
Spiceland it was special to receive the award from Bonner, who she called her “personal heroine.”
“She is an activist,” Spiceland said. “She spent her life righting wrongs and fighting for the little guy. She has been an outstanding example of women and female power.”
Bingham said her mother, 78-year old Dorothy Harrison, was particularly exited to hear about her daughter being honored.
“This organization means a lot to me, and even more to (my parents),” she said.
Evans didn’t attend the luncheon.