HONORED — The Professional and Business Women of Rome has given Yellow Rose of Challenge awards to two Romans as part of National Business Women’s Week. Mayor Jacqueline M. Izzo, left, was the speaker at the Rome Area Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Forum Tuesday. With her from left are award recipient Deborah Grogan, chamber President William Guglielmo, award recipient Carol Manuele and Beth Jones, president of the Professional and Business Women of Rome. Guglielmo received a certificate of appreciation in recognition of the chamber’s support and contribution to the Professional and Business Women of Rome.

Pair of Rome businesswomen honored by local group at forum

Published Oct 18, 2017 at 4:00pm

The Professional and Business Women of Rome has presented the Yellow Rose of Challenge awards to two Romans as part of National Business Women’s Week.

The Rome Area Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Forum was held Tuesday morning at the Beeches, with Mayor Jacqueline M. Izzo as guest speaker, according to an announcement by event officials.

Beth Jones, president of the Professional and Business Women of Rome, presented Yellow Rose of Challenge awards to Deborah Grogan and Carol Manuele.

Grogan was recognized for advancing education programs and Manuele for encouraging community service.

The Yellow Rose of Challenge award was initiated in the late 1980s, and recipients of the award are recognized for the tenant of “women helping women.”

Chamber President William Guglielmo received a certificate of appreciation in recognition of the chamber’s continuous support and lasting contribution to the Professional and Business Women of Rome.

The idea for National Business Women’s Week originated with the National Federation of Business & Professional Women’s Clubs 1924-1927, noted Jones at the event.

President Herbert Hoover was the first to issue a letter recognizing the week and the contributions and achievements of working women. 

Since, October 1928, local organizations use the week as a springboard for their new year’s programs.

From this early effort, it has grown into a nationwide salute to all working women, as well as an opportunity to spotlight issues of importance to working women, Jones noted.

“Since 2003, our chapter has been enjoying the working relationship we have with the chamber and appreciates all your assistance with the details associated with our award presentations,” Jones said.