On Saturday, March 9, 2019, over 100 people attended the Celebration of Women of Achievement under partly sunny skies in the Vista Historical Museum outside venue at 2317 Foothill Drive, Vista, CA. The Woman’s Club of Vista hosted the event. There were several women owned business vendors selling their wares and services. Finger food such as shrimp cocktail and assorted fruit and desserts were served. Donations of raffle prizes and an auction encouraged everyone to purchase raffle tickets to win wonderful gifts.
Judy Pantazo, President of the Woman’s Club of Vista GFWC, welcomed the guests. The Presentation of Colors was presented by four young lady North County Young Marines. The presenters were MSgt Inori Killio, Sgt Brianna Marquez, Sgt Dayna Holthus and LCpl Cierra Faulkner. The National Anthem was sung in perfect harmony by the afternoon entertainment, Gin ‘N Tonix. It was beautiful to our ears.
Introductions to everyone that helped put on the event and all that came to celebrate these wonderful ladies were given by Anita Hutchins, Ways & Means Chairperson- Woman’s Club of Vista GFWC.
The Celebrated Women of Achievement Honorees were:
Carol Herrera- Education, Vista Unified School District Trustee 2002-2018
Kathy Brombacher- The Arts, Theatrical Director/Producer/Consultant/Master Teacher
Mayor Judy Ritter- Government, Elected to the City Council in 1998 & Mayor in 2010 to Present
Mayor Judy Ritter presented Proclamations to Carol Herrera, a 5 year member of Woman’s Club of Vista, and Kathy Brombacher, which were given their own special day in Vista. March 10th was Carol Herrera Day in Vista, and March 11th was Kathy Brombacher Day in Vista. Senator Bates then presented a Proclamation to Mayor Judy Ritter and announced that March 12th was Judy Ritter Day in Vista.
California State Assemblymember Tasha Boerner-Horvath presented Proclamations to all three honorees on behalf of the State of California.
Then the highlight of the Celebration Event after the votes were tallied, revealed the ‘Woman of the Year’, Mayor Judy Ritter! Mayor Ritter has dedicated over 21 years to public service, serving regional committees such as the SANDAG Board of Directors and the SANDAG Transportation and Planning Committees; the North County Transit District Board of Directors; the North County Regional Gang Task Force; and the North County Mayor’s Innovate 78 Partnership.
Mayor Ritter has also been involved in community programs, such as the Boys and Girls Club Board of Directors, the Vista Community Clinic Board of Trustees, and Solutions for Change Leadership Board. All of the Vista City Council would like to congratulate the Mayor on her award and for her many years of leadership and steadfast commitment to the community. Truly someone who has dedicated her life to service. Congratulations Mayor Ritter!
The Woman’s Club of Vista GFWC