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Each year the Radcliff Woman’s Club presents a “Woman of the Year Award” to a member who represents the club by participating in activities and by setting a positive example for others to follow. This year Ethel Martin was chosen as the award recipient at the Dec. 10 club meeting at Colvin Community Center.
Martin, who was born in Pennsylvania, moved to Radcliff in 1974 and, at the urging of Maria Batistoni, joined the Radcliff Woman’s Club in 1994.
She immediately immersed herself in all club activities. Martin has been chairman of the club’s hospitality, spiritual values and telephone department, as well as a member of the club’s home life, ways and means and membership departments. She is currently chairman of Spiritual Values; at meetings, she always has a spiritual reading prepared and available, just in case the person assigned to the task in unable to attend.
As a member of the Ways and Means department, Martin does not hesitate to prepare whatever dishes are required of her. She also personally prepared enough cabbage rolls to feed all the attendees at a previous Taste of Radcliff.
Her personal life is just as inspiring. Martin, who raised two sons, took time to volunteer at North Hardin High School and the previous Parkway Elementary School. She attends St. Christopher Catholic Church and has taught adult religious education classes there.
Martin reaches out to the community quietly, but effectively, by dropping off food every week for Helping Hand of Hope at the church. She also donates bags of toiletries to North Hardin Health and Rehabilitation Center.