Following a motion made by Commissioners Theresa Daniel and Elba Garcia, Dallas County Commissioners Court has designated Aug. 26, 2013 as Women’s Equality Day in Dallas County.
Nearly a century ago, Aug. 26, 1920, the 19th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States was passed, granting women the right to vote. Texas was the ninth state to ratify the amendment and the first state in the south to do so.
Commissioner Daniel reminded those in the court that despite having overcome obstacles, “acceptance of equality is something we must all practice and teach future generations.”
Following a report by the Saranac Group LLC, the Dallas County Hospital District Board will be forming a new committee for Corporate Governance, Compliance and Ethics. The change was outlined in a resolution passed in Commissioners Court Aug. 20.
The Dallas County Hospital District Board of Managers is appointed by the Dallas County Commissioners Court, with seven members total. The board manages the Parkland Hospital and Healthcare System.
Other changes to come, stemming from the report, include improved communication between the Board and the Commissioners Court and require that future appointees to the Board provide a written acknowledgement of their fiduciary duties before taking their office.
Anne Acuna, Director of Chamber Relations for the Farmers Branch Chamber of Commerce and founder of HLA Associates, was recognized by Commissioner Mike Cantrell for her work within the community.
Having moved to Texas in 2001, one of Acuna’s passions has been youth outreach, involving her with the Chamer’s Youth Leadership program and the Junior Chamber Ambassadors. She also participates in the youth ministry at the Filipino American Alliance Church in Arlington.
Acuna will be serving in the missions field at Grace Christian Academy on the island of Rota near Guam for a year. Commissioner Cantrell thanked her for her commitment and dedication to the community, and expressed to Acuna “best wishes and continued success in the many years to come.”