Awards

Several WTB members pose after receiving the Sam May Award.

 

Many organizations have taken note of what Women Transcending Boundaries s has done in bridging differences and divisions.

The  International Center of Syracuse awarded the 2012 International Humanitarian of the Year award to WTB.  Several members received in  November 9, 2012.

The May Memorial Unitarian Universalist Society gave WTB its Sam May Award (see photo lef in 2011. May, who lived from 1797 to 1871, was considered an American reformer, having worked on issues such as education, women’s rights and abolition.

The Syracuse Federation of Women’s Clubs gave WTB its Oberlander Memorial Achievement Cup in 2011.  The award is named after Anna Williams Oberlander who was the first recipient of this cup in 1932 and was called “The Most Civic-Minded Woman in Syracuse.”

Upon her death in 1948, the cup was given to the SFWC and has been awarded annually to the member club whose civic contributions have been deserving of recognition. So WTB’s name is engraved among many on a two foot “Loving Cup.”

The Jewish Community Center honored WTB at its gala dinner in March, 2010, with an award for its great community work.  Many from the WTB Council were there to receive it.

WTB co-founders, Danya Wellmon and Betsy Wiggins, were recipients of the  Martin Luther King Jr. Unsung Hero Award given annually at the community-wide MLK Celebration, hosted a Syracuse University’s Carrier Dome. They received the award for founding and developing WTB. It is one of, if not the, largest MLK Dinner in the nation.

WTB received a distinguished award from the metro Syracuse non-profit and social justice organization, Peace Action.  At that time, Syracuse Mayor Matt Driscoll lauded WTB with a  proclamation, commending WTB for showing that “concerned, committed citizens can build international bridges of peace from any location.”

Groups with which WTB has partnered have also received awards. See the pictures on this page related to Mothers Against Gun Violence and ProLiteracy work.

WTB members gather around Council Member Helen Hudson (back row, 3rd from right) who received a Martin Luther King, Jr. Unsung Hero Award for her work with Mothers Against Gun Violence.

WTB members gather around Council Member Helen Hudson (back row, 3rd from right) who received a Martin Luther King, Jr. Unsung Hero Award for her work with Mothers Against Gun Violence.

President George W. Bush congratulates Ruth Colvin after presenting her with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Ruth's pioneering work in literacy became an early WTB project. White House photo by Eric Draper

Former Council member Ruth Colvin was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for her pioneering work in literacy. One of WTB's early project was literacy education. White House photo by Eric Draper