Annual Women's Hall of Fame Luncheon

Okaloosa County on the Status of Women

Since 2014, the Greater Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce has been delighted to sponsor the Annual Women’s Hall of Fame Luncheon.  This event is typically held during March, Women’s History Month, and is the only formal occasion on which these remarkable women get together.

In October 2016, the Greater Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce hosted the luncheon at Northwest Florida State College and invited the cast and crew of Black Angels Over Tuskegee, an award-winning off-Broadway play.  The cast members dined with the ladies and then presented a riveting excerpt from the play.

2016 Women's Hall of Fame Luncheon

The ladies with the cast and crew of Black Angels Over Tuskegee.

Actor Lamar K. Cheston with Mary Lou Reed

Chamber Chair-Elect Bill Roberts and actor Anthony Goss

Eddie Mae Owens and actor Melvin Huffnagle

Actor David Roberts and Aimee Shaffer

Actor Anthony Goss, OCCSW Member Patricia Payne, and actor Lamar Cheston

In March 2015, the speaker was Patricia Barnes, the owner of Sister Schubert’s Rolls.  A part-time resident of Mary Esther, Mrs. Barnes told the inspiring story of building her business.

2015 Women's Hall of Fame Luncheon

Daily News Photographer Nick Tomecek directing the ladies for their photo.

The lunch was held at the Four Points by Sheraton.

The host was Ted Corcoran, President/CEO of the Greater Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce.

Our speaker was Patricia Barnes of Sister Schubert Rolls fame.

Of course they served Sister Schubert rolls!

Jane Briere

Marnie Tate

Mrs. Godwin

Pat Hollarn

Ginny Barr

Jeanne Rief

Barbara Wall

Linda Parker

Jean Dutton

Yvonne Franklin

Doris Day

Karen Lauer

Judy Wiseman

Sam Seevers

Aimee Shaffer

Rogene Hasty

Linda Sumblin

Chamber Board Chair LA Woodall presented Mrs. Barnes with a check for her foundation.