By Bev Kruempel.  This article was printed in The Voter in April 1994.

The second annual Carrie Chapman Catt award will be given during the LWV-Ames annual meeting April 21 to Ruth Hamilton for her long and outstanding service to the community.   Ruth was president of the LWV-Ames from 1966-68.

1994 Ruth HShe was elected three times to 3 year terms to the Ames School Board from 1970-79 and served as its president from 1973-79. 

Ruth was a member of the Ames Visiting Nurses Association Board when it merged with Mary Greeley in 1984. She continued as part of the steering committee in 1985 to study the merger of the Story County Public Health Nurses, Homemaker Health Aides, and the Ames Visiting Nurses Association to form Homeward. She served on the first Homeward Advisory Board.

She is a long time supporter of Youth and Shelter Services (YSS). She was honored as outstanding Philanthropist to YSS. She is currently a member of the YSS Foundation Board. 

Ruth was elected in 1988 for a 6-year term as a Story County Soil and Water Conservation District Commissioner. She remains active in her church, Collegiate Presbyterian, and is a member of the Board of the Green Hills Residents Association. 3/23/94    She has been involved in many other community organizations such as Green Hills Association, and her church.  Ruth is noted for encouraging other women to participate in the political process and for being an excellent role model for them.  She truly exemplifies the qualities of the Carrie Chapman Catt Award.