Ship Bottom, NJ — Rose Perry of Ship Bottom holds the honor of AAUW Woman of the Year, awarded by the American Association of University Women Barnegat Light Area branch. Branch Co-President Susanne Gilbert presented Perry with the award, noting Perry’s record of community service both in professional and volunteer capacities.
For the past three years employed as a library assistant with the Ocean County Library System, Perry was previously a graphic designer and layout supervisor with The SandPaper for 16 years. Earlier, as planning manager, then printing division manager at the Hibbert Group in Trenton, a marketing and printing firm, she managed accounts such as the NFL, Major League Baseball, Sony and Club Med.
Today at the Long Beach Island branch of the Ocean County Library, Perry’s work often crosses into the public service realm. There, she is the public relations liaison and Red Cross blood drive and Toys for Tots drive coordinator, and has served on the Readers Services Advertising and Marketing committee and the Emerging Technology committee.
“My greatest gratification is from working with the community daily and assisting customers with research and technology needs,” she said.
Perry is also a notary public. She had received her bachelor’s degree in communications from Glassboro State College in three years. At the same time, she worked in its community relations office and was an editor of the college newspaper and member of the board of student publications. She had started her professional career as chief editor, then publications supervisor at Lehigh Press/RR Donnelley.
For many years, Perry and her husband owned and operated a bottled water and coffee service business in Ocean County. Married 37 years, they have three sons.
Others in the Southern Ocean County area have come into contact with Perry through her volunteer time with the Beach Haven First Aid Squad and Friends of the Island Library, for both of which she is a board member; Surflight Theatre; Our Gang Players; Chowderfest; LBI Commemoriative 18 Mile Run; Children’s Home Society; Lulu’s Rescue (dog rescue); and the New Jersey Press Association.
Crediting her mother for instilling the value of community service, Perry said she is “very grateful and honored” to be chosen as the AAUW Woman of the Year.
Her personal motto is “embrace the joy in life.”
“Above all, I value family, friendships, community and education and feel that each of us has the power to make a positive change in the world by our daily actions,” she said.
— Maria Scandale