“Hard work has always paid off.”
Each year, five women are chosen by the Punxsutawney Career Women’s Club for Career Women’s Week. The criteria used for choosing these women are based not only on their professional efforts, but also on the contributions they’ve made to community and family.
The club was founded in 1930, originally known as Punxsutawney Business & Professional Women’s Club. On Sept. 8, 1998, the club name was changed and incorporated as a non-profit organization under the name of
Punxsutawney Career Women’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 — Punxsutawney is a small town, and in small towns, familiar faces and familiar places are a commonality. Connie Riddle — who was recently chosen as one of the representatives for Career Women’s Week by the Punxsutawney Career Women’s Club — 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 Lily’s Restaurant and Bakery in Punxsutawney — though she’s been a familiar face at that place for 29 years, before it was known as Lily’s.
“I’ve worked in that building for 29 years now,” she said. “When I started there, it was Mr. Donut, which was owned by Sheetz, and there were even gas pumps outside at that time.”
But being a familiar face is only part of the equation for being chosen as a representative for Career Women’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.