Oklahoma Conference of the United Methodist Church

COSROW reinstates Frances Willard Award, seeks nominees


From left, COSROW Chairperson Pam Cottrill presents stoles to Sheri Lashley, Gloria McGee-Denton, Erica Thomas, and Marsha Purtell, who were ordained at the 2011 Annual Conference.

You are invited to recommend a deserving person for the 2012 Frances E. Willard Award, to be presented by the Oklahoma Conference’s Commission on the Status and Role of Women (COSROW).

In 1996, COSROW created the award to honor men and women who have fought for, nurtured, and made distinguished contributions to the advancement of women in ministry in the Oklahoma Conference. The first recipient was Bishop Dan E. Solomon.

COSROW, chaired by Pam Cottrill, is reinstating the award this year, after several years passed without offering it.

Send your letter of recommendation, 100 words or less, about an individual deserving this distinction to: Belenda Terry, P.O. Box 43, Cheyenne, OK 73628, or e-mail to belendaterry@hotmail.com

Since the Christmas Conference of 1784, the Methodist church has stood against the mistreatment of men, women, and children.

Frances Elizabeth Caroline Willard (1839–1898), a Methodist and an educator, was instrumental in the passage of the 18th and 19th Amendments (Prohibition and Women Suffrage) to the U.S. Constitution.

Her vision progressed to include federal aid for education, free school lunches, unions for workers, the eight-hour work day, work relief for the poor, municipal sanitation and boards of health, national transportation, strong anti-rape laws, and protections against child abuse, according to Wikipedia.


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