The Salt Lake Council of Women inducted seven exemplary women into its Hall of Fame on Thursday. The council represents 40 organizations and 7,000 area women.
The honor is not given lightly. Honorees must have donated at least 25 years' worth of volunteer service to the community. But that's a breeze for this group - two have volunteered time and talents for 58 and 64 years.Martha Ann Bero is best known for her work at St. Vincent de Paul serving the homeless, but her four decades of service also include Cancer and Heart Association drives, Junior League's Holiday Mart and Health Fair, Pioneer Theatre Guild, Catholic Women's League, Zivio Ethnic Arts Ensemble and the Foundation Board of Westminster College.
Ida Stonda Brunatti has assisted immigrants in preparing for citizenship, distributed "poppies" for the American Legion, provided transportation for Carmelite nuns, Cancer and Heart Association drives, served in the Catholic Community Services by giving assistance to the homeless and volunteered at St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store.
Elizabeth Hindley has headed numerous organizations: Salt Lake Council of Women, Women's Safety Council of Utah and Pioneer Theatre Guild. She has also served in the Women's Republican Club, Utah Youth Village, Daughters of Utah Pioneers, Maud Mae Babcock Reading Arts Society, Salt Lake Mothers' Club, University Mothers' Club, Salt Lake Ballet Guild and many other groups.
As head of the YWCA, Frances H. Hoopes was instrumental in the "Teen Home for Unwed Mothers" and the "Women and Children in Jeopardy" programs. She marched for civil rights. She also served in the Ballet Guild, Friends of the U. of U. Libraries, American Cancer Society, Salt Lake Civic Music Association and was a member of the Women's State Legislative Council.
For 45 years, Phyllis Todd has quietly served in groups ranging from the PTA to the Festival of Trees. Her many leadership qualities have benefited Utah Youth Village through the board of directors and Caring Council. She has volunteered at the International Peace Gardens and worked on the Women's Legislative Council. Her service with the Young Audience Organization has helped youths appreciate music.
Oma Walker Wagstaff gave 38 years of service to the Utah Symphony Guild, Utah Opera Guild, Ballet Guild, Metropolitan Opera Auditions, Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition, Assistance League, American Cancer Society and screening to prevent blindness. She and her husband have long supported scholarships for students at BYU.
Arlene "Skip" Webb has worked for Native Americans. Coming up on six decades of service, she has volunteered for Traveler's Aid, worked to develop the original Speech and Hearing Clinic at the U., was instrumental in restoring and publicizing archaeological sites and relics and presented Indian programs for the Adopt-A-Native Elder Program.