Women's Hall of Fame inducts 5

March 19, 2006

Frances Motyca Dawson (front left), Carolyn Keleman, Robin Steele (rear left), Roberta Dillow and Leila Hajek were inducted into the Women's Hall of Fame for Howard County. Dawson is founder and artistic director of Columbia Pro Cantare, a 130-member volunteer chorus in existence since 1977. Kelemen is a philanthropist noted for her promotion of the arts in Howard County. Steele has been active in civic and community affairs sine 1986, and her contributions have aided the Howard County NAACP and the Columbia chapter of Delta Sigma Theta. Dillow has worked in almost every aspect of the community: economic, social, educational and political. Hajek was the first female police officer in the county, joining the force in 1968. She earned three promotions and developed youth services still in existence.

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