Congressman Paul Cook

Representing the 8th District of California
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Rep. Paul Cook Hosts Ceremony Honoring Women From His District

Aug 23, 2013
Press Release

 Rep. Paul Cook Hosts Ceremony Honoring Women From His District

WASHINGTON- Rep. Paul Cook (R-Yucca Valley) hosted the first annual Women of Distinction Awards Ceremony this morning honoring women of the 8th Congressional District for their outstanding entrepreneurship, leadership, and integrity.

The event was held at the Apple Valley Town Hall Conference Center and featured honorees from communities throughout the district. Approximately 300 people attended the event which also included a performance by the Granite Hills High School Orchestra.

Said Rep. Cook, “I’m humbled by the opportunity to honor so many accomplished women. Each of the honorees has made significant contributions to their communities. This event was great way to honor their unique and important accomplishments. These talented women are very deserving of praise and I’m glad I was able to show my gratitude to them.”

The honorees included the following:

Linda Arcularius, Bishop
Marge Booth, Highland
Jacqueline Bounce, Apple Valley
Bonita Burgess, Highland
Mara Cantelo, Yucca Valley
Diana Carloni, Victorville
Kim Carpenter, Hesperia
Gwen Cracraft, Apple Valley
Margaret Diaz, Victorville
Deborah DiThomas, Barstow
Pamela Emenger, Yucaipa
Kathy Fellenz, Yucaipa
Sharon Gytri, Big Bear
Kathleen Harper, Fawnskin
Elizabeth "Liz" Harris Ed. D., Big Bear Lake
Muffin Hill, Twentynine Palms
Beth Horton, Apple Valley
Tara Hough, Yucca Valley
Nancy Huntington, Yucca Valley
Dr. Helena Johnson, Hesperia
Olga Johnson, Hesperia
Mia Johnson, Victorville
Nancy Karl, Joshua Tree
Linda Kidd, Needles
Carmen Laird, Adelanto
Chris Lamoreaux, Victorville
Lisa Lawrence, Apple Valley
Julie McIntyre, Barstow
Bobbi Meikel, Victorville
Cindy Melland, Yucca Valley
Donna Mertens, Hesperia
Melissa Moore, Yucaipa
Patti Munson, Needles
Cheryl Nagy, Lake Arrowhead
Julie Norton, Apple Valley
Kathi Papp, Twentynine Palms
Janice Peters, Twentynine Palms
Coleen Quinn, Victorville
Sheri Randolph, Barstow
Leeann  Rasmuson, Bishop
Susan Reilly, Twentynine Palms
Mary Scarpa, Adelanto
Jody Scott, Highland
Penny Shubnell, Crestline
Cindi Smallwood, Apple Valley
Laura Smith, Bishop
Sandy Smith, Twentynine Palms
Michelle Spears, Victorville
Kim Sweet, Big Bear Lake
Claire Teeters, Yucaipa
Cheryl Underhill, Bishop
Delores Williams, Apple Valley
Jamie Williams, Barstow
Denise Work, Yucaipa
Nancy Wunker, Barstow
Jessica Wyland, Highland
Debi Yerkes, Bishop
Jacqui Zinn, Highland
Dolores Zuniga, Victorville

                         Rep. Paul Cook addresses the crowd at Women of Distinction Awards Ceremony

A member of the House Armed Services, Veterans' Affairs, and Foreign Affairs Committees, Cook is a former educator who served as an infantry officer and retired as a Colonel after 26 years in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was awarded the Bronze Star medal with valor device and two Purple Hearts for actions in combat.