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Mary Dutra named Republican Woman of the Year

WHITTIER — Every year, since 1969, the Whittier Republican Women Federated Club selects a Woman of the Year.  The 2020 Republican Woman of the Year is Mary Dutra.

Mary was born in Los Angeles, graduated from Bell High School, attended Cerritos College and Rio Hondo College, and lives in Whittier with husband, Whittier Councilman Fernando Dutra, and three children—Sara, Megan and Eric.  

Mary has a younger sister, Lisa, who also lives in Whittier.  

Mary studied Business and Construction Management in college. She and Fernando own a construction development company, and Mary has been a real estate agent since 2006. 

In her spare time, she enjoys camping with the family, going on cruises and traveling the world.

Mary will be presented by Virginia (Ginny) Ball, last year’s Republican Woman of the Year, with an engraved plaque and a statue of Abraham Lincoln. The statue has been engraved with the names of all previous Republican Women of the Year honorees and this statue is passed on each year to each new honoree.

Mary joined the WRWF in 2013, when asked to attend a meeting by Selma Minerd, a former Woman of the Year in 1975. Mary has been 3rd VP of Ways and Means for four years and served as president for two years. Mary also serves on the Board of Directors of the Whittier Historical Society/Museum.

At the presentation, former Republican Women of the Year will also be recognized. Attending will be Nancy Krug, Sylvia Southerland, Laurie Dato, Brenda Jahn, and Carol Gardner. 

The first Republican Woman of the Year in 1969 was Cathy Vinatieri, mother of Whittier Mayor Joe Vinatieri.  

The next meeting of the Whittier Republican Women will be a zoom meeting on October 2 at 12:30 p.m.

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