Ronnie Brockman and Lynn Friedman Hamilton Named as 2016 Women of Achievement

Women of Achievement, the oldest, ongoing program in the area whose sole mission is to honor and recognize the volunteer service and volunteer leadership of women, has announced its Class of 2016. Two of this year’s honorees — Ronnie Brockman and Lynn Friedman Hamilton — are extraordinary Jewish women who have dedicated their time and skills to volunteer efforts in the St. Louis community.

Ronnie Brockman – Youth Enrichment
Ronnie exemplifies the true meaning of a distinguished volunteer. She has dedicated her life to helping others who need it most and as a result, she impacts the lives of thousands every year. Her focus is always on what she can give, never what she will receive in return. After her husband visited a seriously ill child in the hospital, whose one wish was to go to summer camp, he and Ronnie set out to make this child’s dream a reality. In the summer of 1988, that child enjoyed a unique week-long outdoor camping experience along with 28 other seriously ill youngsters. Twenty-eight years later, Camp Rainbow has provided a free camping experience to over 5,000 children with cancer and other blood-related disorders. Camp Rainbow gives children the opportunity to participate in exciting activities, make new friends, build self-esteem, be relieved of everyday stress caused by their illness and create positive memories. Since 1988, Ronnie has served as co-founder of Camp Rainbow along with her husband; co-director/director of Program for Camp Rainbow Summer Overnight Camp, Day Camp, Teen Camp and Camp In; co-chair of the Camp Rainbow Walk-a-thon and vice president of the Camp Rainbow Foundation Board. Ronnie’s volunteer leadership also extends to her lifelong commitment to service in the Jewish community, which includes extensive volunteer service with Congregation Shaare Emeth, Jewish Family Educators Network of St. Louis, Brodsky Library Commission, Jewish Women International, Jewish Fund for Human Needs, Jewish Community Relations Council and Jewish Federation.

Lynn Friedman Hamilton – Older Adult Services
Lynn is a lifelong arts enthusiast and activist for the aged. In 2008 she formed the nonprofit organization Maturity and Its Muse to promote positive, productive aging through the arts. As founder and president of Maturity and its Muse, an unpaid, volunteer position, Lynn is an advocate for the elderly. She sees the many areas of deprivation in older adult communities and immediately advocates for those in need of help. She spends her days and nights envisioning unique, creative and successful ways of betterment for the elderly, especially the marginalized and underserved members of the greater St. Louis area. Maturity and Its Muse is the only organization in the St. Louis community dedicated solely to enriching the lives of seniors through the arts and by collaborating with other organizations. There is never an admission charge. Under Lynn’s guidance, Maturity and Its Muse has collaborated with countless outstanding organizations including OASIS, Kemper Art Museum, Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis County Library, Alzheimer’s Association, Regional Arts Commission, UMSL, Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design, Sheldon Art Galleries, Art Saint Louis, Missouri History Museum, and City of Creve Coeur.

“Volunteers are the backbone of our community and nonprofits, and each year we take great pride and joy in honoring women volunteers who have selflessly dedicated their time, energy and efforts to helping others,” said Women of Achievement President Joni Karandjeff. “With their extensive years of volunteering and unflinching dedication and service, this year’s honorees are extraordinary in every way.”

“The impact our honorees have made in the St. Louis and beyond really hits home at the luncheon,” said Pam Toder, chair of the 2016 Luncheon. “In addition to awarding the honorees, we feature a beautifully produced video about their volunteer service, history and leadership. To see the smiles, the tears and to feel the compassion in the room is very special.”

Ronnie Brockman, Lynn Friedman Hamilton and the 2016 Class honorees will be recognized at the 2016 Women of Achievement Luncheon on Tuesday, May 10 at the Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis. Doors open at 11:15 a.m. and the luncheon runs until 1:30 p.m. This year’s luncheon chair is Pam Toder and the vice chair is Gin Wachter. Luncheon reservations are $60 per person and can be made online at

Women of Achievement honorees are selected from nominations from the St. Louis metropolitan area, including Metro East Illinois, who have demonstrated outstanding commitment to the betterment of the St. Louis region through voluntary contributions, volunteer leadership and a significant breadth of a volunteer career. Women of Achievement considers nominees with significant volunteer impact in areas such as, but not limited to, education, arts, health and human services, youth and family, philanthropy, social justice and advocacy.

Women of Achievement Sponsors are:
Presenting Sponsors: KMOX Radio, Ladue News and St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Gold Sponsors: Ameren, Centene Charitable Foundation, Emerson, Enterprise Holdings Foundation, Interco Charitable Trust, Maryville University, Nestle Purina, Thompson Coburn LLP, Webster University and World Wide Technology & The Steward Family Foundation
Silver Sponsors: BJC HealthCare, Build-A-Bear, Clark-Fox Family Foundation, The Gatesworth, Monsanto, Neiman Marcus, Washington University in St. Louis and Wells Fargo Advisors
Bronze Sponsors: Albarré Jewelry/Barry & Myra Sherman, Edward Jones, First Bank, Mary Pillsbury, Technology Partners, The Delmar Gardens Family, and Pam & Craig Toder

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