SOMERS, N.Y. -- After being inducted into the Women of Distinction Hall of Fame, Somers' Doris Jane Smith has received recognition from her hometown.
The Somers Town Board honored Smith at its most recent meeting for being named to state Sen. Greg Ball's (R,C,I-Patterson) Women of Distinction Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame "was designed to honor outstanding women from throughout the 40th Senate District," according to the release. Smith, is one of 21 women inducted into the hall this year.
“The Women of Distinction Ceremony was a project I launched in recognition of Women’s History Month and inspired by the accomplished and outstanding women I have had the privilege of collaborating with through my current tenure serving the people of the 40th Senate District,” Ball said in the release. “It was an honor to accept Ms. Smith into the Hall of Fame to recognize all the wonderful work she has done for the Town of Somers, including enriching the lives of our youth at Primrose School.”
Somers Town Supervisor Mary Beth Murphy also praised Smith.
“On behalf of myself and the Town of Somers I’d like to share with you the pride we all feel that Doris Jane Smith has been selected as Senator Ball’s Woman of Distinction. You’d never know it by her humility but Doris Jane Smith has touched the lives of most of the youth in Somers as they pass through Primrose, Town Camp or other programs,” said Murphy in the release. “We are grateful for her commitment to keeping the history of Somers alive and vibrant for all.”
Smith graduated from Manhattanville College with a masters degree in arts and teaching and has lived in the Town of Somers for 47 years, working for the Somers Central School District for 20 years and the Town of Somers Parks and Recreation for 23 years, according to the release. Smith also has been a member of the Somers Historical Society for "almost half a century, where she served as the Co-chair for the Town’s Bicentennial Committees, Chair of the Museum and Reis House Committees and Co-chair of the Education Committee," according to the release.