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To the editor:

I was highly honored to be listed in the Daily Journal’s Weekender article, “Women Rule” (“Women Rule: Gender presents challenges, opportunities for women in business,” March 29, 2014). However, in the course of my work, I encounter women on a daily basis that shape our communities in far greater ways than myself.

Marchell Adams-David, the city manager of Hamlet, has been a public servant for 20 years. I am personally aware of her incredible intelligence, single-handed dedication and hard work on behalf of Hamlet. During the course of her career, she has raised approximately $20 million in grant funding for her community. Words are not needed to recognize this fact alone as an impressive feat.

Angie Averitte, the terminal superintendent of the Hamlet Classification Yard, started her career with the railroad in Hamlet and has returned to lead the local industry. Angie is responsible for approximately 500 employees and the dozens of trains that come into the facility daily. Moreover, she has obtained her leadership position through a dedicated work ethic and keen intelligence in a largely male dominated field.

Gail Benson, of the Rankin Museum of American Heritage in Ellerbe, has been an active force in the preservation of Richmond County’s cultural heritage. She has applied her artistic talents and thorough research skills to create compelling exhibits that tell the story of our community’s history. Moreover, she is the first to offer assistance to fellow historians and enthusiasts alike.

The women of business, of nonprofit organizations, of politics and of the community have made and continue to make Richmond County a better place. Thank you to those mentioned and nameless, because each one makes a difference!

Miranda Chavis

Hamlet Depot & Museums

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