â€śHard work has always paid off.â€ť
Each year, five women are chosen by the Punxsutawney Career Womenâ€™s Club for Career Womenâ€™s Week. The criteria used for choosing these women are based not only on their professional efforts, but also on the contributions theyâ€™ve made to community and family.
The club was founded in 1930, originally known as Punxsutawney Business & Professional Womenâ€™s Club. On Sept. 8, 1998, the club name was changed and incorporated as a non-profit organization under the name of
Punxsutawney Career Womenâ€™s Club, with objectives to promote growth and respect of women in the workplace; improve self-esteem in all careers; educate women; and support community projects. This article is Part IV
in a five-part series.
By Zak Lantz
Of The Spirit
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Punxsutawney is a small town, and in small towns, familiar faces and familiar places are a commonality. Connie Riddle â€” who was recently chosen as one of the representatives for Career Womenâ€™s Week by the Punxsutawney Career Womenâ€™s Club â€” is a familiar face who works in a familiar place.
The familiar face can be seen in the photo at right, while the familiar place is Lilyâ€™s Restaurant and Bakery in Punxsutawney â€” though sheâ€™s been a familiar face at that place for 29 years, before it was known as Lilyâ€™s.
â€śIâ€™ve worked in that building for 29 years now,â€ť she said. â€śWhen I started there, it was Mr. Donut, which was owned by Sheetz, and there were even gas pumps outside at that time.â€ť
But being a familiar face is only part of the equation for being chosen as a representative for Career Womenâ€™s Week. These representatives are chosen for the positive qualities they portray and exude in the communities and at their workplaces.
Read all about Riddle in Saturday's edition of The Spirit.