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Olga Zona Irwin - Inaugural Lifetime Achievement

Author: Communications Committee/Monday, July 17, 2017/Categories: General, Chapter News

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Long-time NYS Women, Inc. member, Olga Zona Irwin, was presented with the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award by the Delaware County Democratic Committee (DCDC) at its annnual dinner at SUNY Delhi on May 4th.

She was introduced by Dr. Herbert William Birns, who acknowledged her as “perhaps the most outstanding current member of the DCDC, with a record of tireless work and commitment to Democratic causes and campaigns for decades."

Olga joined in 1968 – membership for nearly five decades! – and is a current member of the Walton Chapter and former member of Delhi/BPW (Business and Professional Women).

Noteably, Olga is a longtime member of the board of directors of the Oneonta Concert Association, now in its 90th season and serves on the citizens’ board of Hartwick College. More recently, she served two elected terms on the board of directors of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Delaware County and also chaired its human ecology program committee.

During her Delhi/BPW membership years, she not only chaired committees at the local level, but as she “grew” in the organization, she soon chaired the District 6 Young Careerist program, coaching and grooming the District’s candidate for the state convention; she was so proud of their candidate who finished as the runner-up. Shortly thereafter, she chaired the state Young Careerist program during the year that the state convention was held at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City. “It was a lot of work, but a good time was had by all,” she recalled.


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