Check out the Christian Women of Virtue Leading Ladies of 2024

Published 12:16 am Saturday, June 8, 2024

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The seven women named the Christian Women of Virtue Leading Ladies of 2024 honorees come from different walks of life but all have made a positive impact on others as trailblazers and innovators.

“They’ve been the wind beneath so many wings,” Rev. Charlotte Moses said during the meet-and-greet held Thursday at the Museum of the Gulf Coast.

The event was a way to introduce this year’s honorees ahead of the Aug. 2 Leading Ladies Honoree Luncheon.

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Honoree Rose Chaisson, who is a former Port Arthur city councilwoman, worked with Texas Youth Commission, worked with senior citizens and much more, said the honor made her feel appreciated.

“Anything that I do in the community, it’s not about me,” Chaisson said. “It’s always about the community because I love Port Arthur. I’m honored that someone looked at what I was doing in the community, even though I’m not on council anymore.”

Chaisson, like the other honorees, has touched many lives.

“I hope that I have shown that you can come from a poor family and still excel or work hard to get what you want to do. Got to work, change your degrees. People saw me do that. They’ve seen me when I was on council, working on my master’s, taking care of my mother in a nursing home,” she said, adding others can take on challenges as well. “You just have to keep going.”

Dana Espinal, who is director of Lamar State College Port Arthur Small Business Development Center, said being an honoree gives her more fuel to the fire to do more and help the community grow and prosper.

Christian Faith Women of Virtue Inc. strive to empower women though faith and community.

Member Deloris Coleman said the purpose of staging the Leading Ladies Honoree Luncheon is to crate a vibrant and supportive platform for women to encourage, inspire and celebrate their achievements.

Coleman said they are committed to this mission by honoring those who made an impact on others by serving in various roles in support, growth and leadership.

This year’s honorees are Rose Chaisson, Dana Espinal, Sandra Conner, Lachelle Edwards, Mindy Escobedo, Darlene Pierre and Patricia Henderson.