• Betsy Kruger (sixth from left) is this year's recipient of the League of Women Voters' Mita Markland Award for outstanding service. Previous recipients are Gerda Lydon, Anne Nordhus, Carol Burr, Marge Fredenburg, Sharon Wallace, Mary Watters, Veva Edson, Lyla Gregg and Jim Gregg (left to right). Jim Gregg's photo of Bidwell Park was given to Kruger.(Submitted photo)<p class='dotPhoto'>All Chico E-R photos are available <a href='http://chicoer.mycapture.com/'>here</a>.</p>



CHICO — Betsy Kruger, who served two terms as president of League of Women Voters of Butte County, received the 10th annual Mita Markland Award for outstanding service. She was honored during a meeting Dec. 12 at the home of Jan Dilg.

Jim Gregg, league member who received the Mita Markland Award in 2011, said its purpose is to recognize a member “who has done something notable.”

“Betsy was an outstanding president. It”s a lot of work to serve one term — she served two, and impressed a lot of people,” said Gregg, who also has served as president.

All the former Mita Markland Award recipients attended the meeting Dec. 12. Markland, now deceased, was a league member who Greg said was particularly interested in young people. “Her work so impressed the league, the award was named for her,” he said.

The League of Women Voters was founded in 1920 and is a non-partisan, political organization that encourages people to be informed and play an active role in government. At local, state and national levels, the league works to influence public policy through education and advocacy. Anyone of voting age may become a member.

Visit www.lwvbuttecounty.org or call 895-8683. The chapter”s office is at 635 Flume St. in Chico.

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