Ranzenhofer selects Lindner as Woman of Distinction


    Clarence resident honored at State Capitol ceremony


    Albany, N.Y. –  State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer honored Clarence resident Ginger Lindner Tuesday evening at the 16th Annual Women of Distinction ceremony, recognizing her outstanding contributions in enriching the quality of life for the community and beyond.

    “Ginger’s efforts, sending thousands of care packages to our Armed Forces, makes her more than deserving of special recognition by the State Senate as a New York Woman of Distinction,” said Ranzenhofer.  “Her dedicated service to Western New York and the Town of Clarence makes our communities better and serves as a special example to others.  It is an honor to recognize Ginger as the 2013 Woman of Distinction for the 61st Senate District.” 

    “It is such an honor to be named a New York Woman of Distinction by Senator Ranzenhofer.  For the past seven years, my fellow members of the Clarence Ladies Auxiliary and I have supported and aided so many service men and women with care packages while serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.  I dedicate this award to the members of the Ladies Auxiliary and our veterans serving our nation overseas,” said Lindner.

    Ginger has spearheaded a project for the Ladies Auxiliary at the Clarence American Legion that has resulted in sending over 3,000 care packages to men and women of the Armed Forces.  Seven years later, the project is still ongoing.  She has been involved with Soldiers’ Angels, a California-based organization, and it’s mission of “May No Soldier Go Unloved.”  As a tribute to her service, she received an American Flag that had been flown over a hostile region in Iraq, from Lt. Col. Mark Ables of the 914th Air Lift Wing on behalf of his C-130 Unit. 

    Ginger has always had a patriotic heart.  She joined the Civil Air Patrol in 1949, remaining active in the Buffalo Squadron for several years.  She learned many different aspects of Civil Air Patrol, such as conducting searches on the ground and in the air.  In 1952, she gave up her job to attend training at Griffiths Air Force base in Rome, New York. She was the lone Buffalonian attending this encampment. 

    Over the years, Ginger has been active in the Girl Scouts and Lions Club.  She has been a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Clarence for 48 years, where she was on the Board of Trustees. She has been a member of the Clarence American Legion Auxiliary Unit #838 for 52 years and serves currently as the organization’s President.  She is also a member of the Clarence Senior Center and the Clarence Hollow Association. She also participates in the American Cancer Association’s Relay for Life in Akron. 

    For several years, she worked for John W. Danforth, before she met and married her best friend, the late Don Lindner.  They had 2 daughters, Sandra and Victoria, and now have 5 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. 

    The Lions Club International has recognized Lindner’s dedicated service to the community with the Melvin Jones Award and the Uplinger Award.  The Clarence Chamber of Commerce recognized her in 2009 as the Life Time Achiever of the Year.

    Photo: Senator Ranzenhofer honors Ginger Lindner Tuesday evening at a State Capitol ceremony.

    About the Women of Distinction Program
    The Women of Distinction program was created in 1998 to honor great New York women.  Past honorees include former movie-star Lucille Ball, 19th century suffragist Katherine Davis and other women accomplished in sciences, academics, business and the arts.  Other women of distinction honored by Senator Ranzenhofer for the 61st District include: Flora Leamer (2009); Carrie Kahn (2010); Millie Tomidy-Pepper (2011); and Colleen DiPirro (2012).

    About the 61st Senate District
    The 61st Senate District encompasses: the Towns of Amherst, Clarence, and Newstead and the Villages of Akron and Williamsville in Erie County; all of Genesee County; and the Towns of Chili and Riga, the Village of Churchville and part of the City of Rochester in Monroe County.