Men, women and Stanley gathered at City Hall for the Pledge of Allegiance led by Carol Saldivar and the Mesquite Honor Guard and a short speech from Jackie Rosen. Photo by Kris Zurbas

A total of 40 women, men and even Stanley the dog helped commemorate the first state in the U.S. to have a majority female legislature. The Mesquite Women’s History & Culture Center (WHCC) was proud to honor this memorable year with a commemorative walk held on Thursday, Sept. 26.

Folks began registering for the walk at 9 a.m. Ms. Senior Mesquite Pageant members and Mesquite Showgirls were on site to help everyone get signed up, sell commemorative t shirts, hand out blue and silver beads.  Janet McDonald was glad to help hand out and snacks and water, courtesy of the Mesquite Elks Lodge 2811, before the walk began.

At 10 a.m. the walk started at the Women’s History and Culture Center; walkers walked to and gathered at City Hall. Once at City Hall, Carol Saldivar made a short speech welcoming everyone and thanking them for helping to celebrate this moment in state history. Walkers listened to a short-recorded message from Jackie Rosen, Jean Watkins gave a short speech thanking everyone for their participation and back to the Women’s History and Culture Center it was.

The walk and the speeches were all kept short and on time so walkers could attend the “Women in Mesquite Mean Business” luncheon sponsored by the Mesquite Chamber of Commerce and held at the Eureka Casino’s Grand Ballroom. During the luncheon, men and women, but not Stanley, were welcome to join in and hear some of Mesquite’s successful women discuss their business ideas and strategies.

Speakers included Frawnda Le Cheminant from Danielle’s Chocolates and Gourmet Popcorn, Katie Eastman from Front Porch Flowers and Gifts, Former Ms. Sr. America Tracie Rodgers, Mesa View Home Health Care and Kelly Doyle, Owner of the Mesquite Desert Dogs Basketball Team.

Panelists were able to answer questions from attendees while Motivational Speaker, Charlene Paul moderated the panel discussion.

Sponsors of the walk were: The Eureka Hotel/Casino, Mesquite Showgirls, Ms. Senior Mesquite Pageant, CJ Marketing Agency, Virgin Valley Family Services, Primex Plastics, Mesquite Exchange Club, League of Women Voters, Reliance Connects, The UPS Store, Coyote Springs Golf Club, Desert Oasis Spa and Salon, Mesquite Chamber of Commerce, Conestoga Golf Club, Nevada Women’s History Project, Bank of Nevada Phillip Wenger, CPA and Ready Golf Carts.

Both Watkins, President of the Women’s History and Culture Center and Vice President Saldivar want to thank everyone for their help in making the People’s Walk a great success.