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The four women inducted into the Mountain Area Women in Business Hall of Fame on Oct. 21 have business acumen and have given countless hours back to the community. Linda Kirkpatrick, Betsy Hays, …
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The four women inducted into the Mountain Area Women in Business Hall of Fame on Oct. 21 have business acumen and have given countless hours back to the community.
Linda Kirkpatrick, Betsy Hays, Linda Lovin and Susanne Robert are the third group of inductees into the Hall of Fame that the Evergreen Area Chamber of Commerce started in 2018.
In the inaugural year, Peggy Eggers, Gail Riley and Kristin Witt were inducted, and in 2019, Gail Sharp, Rita Felde and Kay D’Evelyn La Montagne became the second group in the Hall of Fame. No one was inducted last year because of the pandemic.
Kirkpatrick has been heavily involved in volunteerism for decades. She was instrumental in establishing a staffed ambulance facility in Evergreen and finding a place to build it, and she supported Bootstraps Inc., was co-founder of Leadership Evergreen, co-chaired the campaign to save Noble Meadow and expand Buchanan Park, and worked to create Stagecoach Park.
Kirkpatrick couldn’t be at the luncheon, but friend Cindy Lempke said Kirkpatrick expressed her appreciation to women at the luncheon because they exemplified the spirit of entrepreneurship and were role models for women in business.
Hays is the director of resource development for Mount Evans Home Health Care & Hospice. Before that, she was president of the Evergreen Area Chamber of Commerce, leading the organization and businesses through the pandemic, and development director of the Mountain Area Land Trust.
Hays said she knew many at the luncheon because of the hats she has worn over the years.
“What I really appreciate is that you care about each other,” Hays said. “We really are all in this together.”
Lovin owned Lovin Books and Music in the late 1990s and went on to be a teacher at Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen and Evergreen High School. She was donations manager for Mount Evans Hospice, a job coach at Evergreen Christian Outreach, and served on the boards for Center for the Arts Evergreen, Evergreen Chorale, Ovation West and the Rocky Mountain Literary Festival.
Lovin told the group that she was inspired by the women in her life and in her community who had made such a big difference, noting that words people say to others matter.
Robert is owner and managing member of Robert & Associates, a certified public accounting firm. She has been active in the Evergreen chamber, Women of Evergreen Business and Mountain Foothills Rotary, treasurer of Boogie Benefits and financial consultant to Resilience1220.
Robert said she was honored to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, noting “it’s a true pleasure … to give back to the community.”
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