WEST SHORE - Former Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives Terrell Sessums will be honored June 7 by the League of Women Voters of Hillsborough County with its Lifetime Achievement Award.
The award, given to an individual who has dedicated his or her life to serving the public through education and advocacy at the local, state and national levels, will be presented at the organization's annual luncheon. At the event, Matilda Martinez Garcia also will receive the Sydney & Thalia Potter Civic Leadership Award, which is presented to an individual who has dedicated his or her life to good government, protection of the environment, and community activism.
The luncheon, open to the public, will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at The Centre Club, 123 S. Westshore Blvd. Tickets are $30 for members, $40 for the public.
Sessums served as a state legislator from 1963 to 1974 and on the Florida Board of Regents from 1979 to 1988. He also served on the Board of Governors for Florida Southern College and as president of the Board of Trustees at the University of Tampa.
Garcia is a Tampa native and her family was among the founding families when both her grandfathers immigrated from Spain in 1886. She has served on the Governor's Commission on Hispanic Affairs, The Mayor's Hispanic Advisory Council and other organizations. She retired after 43 years as the Hispanic Program Officer at the Social Security Administration.
For tickets or information, call (813) 649-4309; or see www.hclwv.org. Checks, payable to LWVHC, should be mailed to P.O. Box 1801, Tampa FL 33601-1801. Reservations deadline is May 31.