PITTSBURG — The Pittsburg Area Chamber of Commerce’s Women of Distinction honorees for 2017 have been announced..

The chamber announced the recipients of its 2017 Women of Distinction honors earlier this month. The 12 women were chosen from 33 nominations and will be showcased in the chamber’s Women of Distinction Calendar.

“The calendar provides an excellent opportunity to recognize outstanding leaders and women in our community and the things they’ve done in their field or through community service,” Chamber Vice President Devin Gorman said, adding it also serves as the chamber’s community events calendar.

The 2017 Women of Distinction include Tawnya Bach-Collins from KOAM TV, Dr. Linda Bean from Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas, Sammie Brueggemann from Sammie Dawn Photography, Janis Goedeke from the Crawford County Health Department, Heather Horton from Sweet Designs Cakery, Rebecca Light from SilverCreek Medical Reimbursement Solutions, Jenifer McDonald from Via Christi Hospital, Angela Meyer from Meyer Law Firm, Uealene Pingree from Roto Rooter of Pittsburg, MeLinda Rybnick-Lair from KU Area Medical Health Education Center, and Dr. Julie Samuels and Meagan Swafford from Pittsburg State University.

Gorman said this will be the 11th year for the calendar.

“It is really a testament to the quality of leaders in our community,” Gorman said. “We have honored 120 women before this year and we still had 33 fantastic nominees to choose from.”

Nominees who were not chosen this year will roll over into nominations for the 2018 calendar.

Calendars will be available free of charge starting December 9 at the Pittsburg Area Chamber of Commerce.

— Chance Hoener is a staff writer for the Morning Sun. He can be emailed at choener@morningsun.net or follow him on Twitter @ReporterChance.