NEWMS to honor exceptional women

TUPELO – Five Northeast Mississippi women and one organization will be recognized later this month for raising the bar for women in the region.
New Expectations for Women in Mississippi or NEWMS will hold its Women of Distinction Honors Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Sept. 24 at the BancorpSouth Center in Tupelo.
“These are women who have made a difference,” said Rubye Del Harden, a founding member of the organization, which is a special project of the CREATE Foundation. “They encourage all of us to make a difference.”
The honorees, who were selected by a committee, are Tupelo businesswoman and volunteer Lisa Hawkins, historic preservationist Rosemary Williams of Corinth, community activist Minnie Jamison of Tupelo, federal judge Sharion Aycock of Fulton and arts advocate Margaret Anne Murphy of Tupelo.
The group is also honoring the Tupelo chapter of the Sisters Network, a national African-American breast cancer survivors group.
“They have accomplished phenomenal things in the areas they have chosen to work in,” Harden said.
This is the third time the NEWMS organization has honored Northeast Mississippi women. The organization offers the Success Skills series and other programs in the area.

Michaela Gibson Morris/NEMS Daily Journal