Community Focus – February 24, 2021
The City of Plymouth is accepting nominations for the Ruth Huston Whipple Award for Civic Engagement through April 30, 2021. The Award is named in honor of Ruth Huston Whipple, Plymouth’s first female elected City Commissioner (1934-1949), first female mayor of Plymouth (1940-1942) and first female Wayne County Board of Supervisors member. Whipple was a 1913 graduate of Plymouth High School and later worked as a teacher and debate coach at the school. She fought against school policies that discriminated against married women and eventually left the district in protest. The purpose of the Ruth Huston Whipple Award for Civic Engagement is to honor a community member who, like Whipple, has positively impacted the quality of life in the City of Plymouth through his or her exceptional civic and/or philanthropic engagement. 88.1 the Park’s Sumedha Sethi spoke with Assistant Community Development Director for Plymouth, Greta Bolhuis, about Whipple and the award named in her honor.