Senator Gaines Honors Melanie Fowle as 1st Senate District Woman of the Year

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Senator Ted Gaines (R-El Dorado) proudly recognized Melanie Fowle of Siskiyou County as the 1st Senate District 2018 Woman of the Year.

“Melanie has given of her time and resources to enhance the quality of life for those in Siskiyou County and I deeply appreciate her hard work to make California a better place,” said Senator Gaines. “She embodies the meaning of service to her fellow citizens and she is most deserving of this honor.”

Melanie, a native of Siskiyou County, has made exemplary contributions throughout her career as an educator of four decades, dedicated mentor of California Future Farmers of America and 4-H, savvy businesswoman, and nationally-recognized agricultural leader. Whether working the ranch with her family, or leading the California and National CattleWomen organizations, Melanie has immeasurably bettered our community and touched countless lives.  

Melanie will be adding the 1st Senate District 2018 Woman of the Year award to her long list of special recognitions, including the 2016 Siskiyou County CattleWoman of the Year, the Cow Palace Cattle Queen of the Year, the 2012 American National CattleWomen Educator of the Year, and was granted the 2003 Star Counselor Award from the California Future Farmers of America Association. She has also been recognized as the California U.S. History Teacher of the Year.

“I am humbled and honored to receive this wonderful award from Senator Gaines,” said Melanie. “I have truly enjoyed every minute of my involvement and dedication within the community and am appreciative of this recognition.”

Given annually by each California legislator in their districts, the Woman of the Year award celebrates California’s extraordinary women. The first recognition was held in 1987 to help commemorate Women’s History Month. The award has become an annual Capitol tradition to salute women who have done outstanding community service. Honorees are presented with a framed certificate from the Legislature recognizing their contributions.