Ranzenhofer Honors Leamer as Woman of Distinction; Dedicated resident from Akron, Clarence receives recognition


Albany, NY – Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer honored Flora Leamer Wednesday evening as the 2009 Woman of Distinction for the 61st Senate District at the 12th Annual Senate Women of Distinction ceremony, honoring her outstanding contributions in enriching the quality of life for the community and beyond.

“It’s so important to have women such as Flora in our community.  Her service to both Akron and Clarence has helped so many organizations meet their goals.  Flora’s dedicated and continued service to the American Cancer Society’s ‘Relay for Life’, the American Heart Association, and the Clarence Hollow Association have made a tremendous difference in our community,” said Senator Ranzenhofer.  

“Flora brightens up everyone’s day with her kindness and warmth. She’s always at community events taking pictures and welcoming people.  Her service to the community is simply representative of her kind and generous personality,” said Senator Ranzenhofer.

Leamer expressed the importance of hard work and gratitude for the honor. 
“I was taught to work hard, do it right the first time, consider other’s needs, and always do the best you can do.  Being involved in our community, working together to make it a better place to live and work and having someone smile makes my day complete,” said Leamer.  “Thank you Senator Ranzenhofer for the confidence that you have shown in me.”

Over the years, Leamer has been an active member in various community organizations, especially as a participant in the Clarence Senior Center, the Garden Friends of Clarence Club, the American Cancer Society “Relay for Life”, the American Heart Association and the Clarence Woman’s Club.   Flora and her husband have been volunteers at the Erie County Fair for over twenty years.  She is most notoriously known as “Bubbles” the Clown and represents the Fair at various community events in Western New York.  Leamer serves on the planning committee for Rock the Barn – Meals on Wheels, an event which raises funds for Meals on Wheels.  She also remains an active member of the Newstead and Clarence Historical Societies.

Leamer has been active in the Clarence Chamber of Commerce as a past officer and member on the Board of Directors; Coordinator of the bi-weekly networking group; Committee member of the Annual Golf Outing and the Taste of Clarence; Coordinator of Winterfest; Past Chairperson of the Annual Awards Banquet and Gifts Certificate Program; member on Past Membership and Trade Fair committees; and the Chamber’s Event Photographer. The Chamber of Commerce honored Flora and her husband as Citizens of the Year in 2000.

Additionally, Leamer has served the Clarence Hollow Merchants Association as the Treasurer and Board Member.  She has served as the Chairperson for the Memorial Day Chicken BBQ, the Treasurer of Walk the Villages and a member of the Steering Committee for Clarence Day in the Park.

Flora Leamer was born and raised in Akron and now lives in Clarence with her husband, John.  She graduated from Akron High School and Erie Community College with a major in accounting.  Currently, Leamer is a Tax Accountant for Domachowski, Kempisty and Salvatore, LLC. 

The Women of Distinction program was created in 1998 to honor great New York women.  Past honorees include former move-star Lucille Ball, 19th Century suffragist Katherine Davis and other women accomplished in sciences, academics, business and the arts across New York State.