It's a celebration that was centuries in the making, even though it has only been officially recognized since the late 1980s.

March is National Women's History Month in the United States and the Waverly Community House has decided to recognize that designation by holding a luncheon dedicated to celebrating women's achievements.

The luncheon will be held on Friday, March 15, at the Glen Oak Country Club, 250 Oakford Road, Clarks Summit. This year's featured speaker, Waverly resident Susan Belin, explained that the national theme for 2013, "Women Inspiring innovation through Imagination," is dedicated to women who have made outstanding contributions in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math.

"What resonates most strongly with me is the emphasis on the characteristics of intelligence, imagination, sense of wonder and tenacity that are common to the women being honored this year by the National Women's History Month organization," she said. "I believe women all possess these traits and that we all utilize them in whatever arena we have chosen to focus our own lives and talents."

Belin was named a Distinguished Daughter of Pennsylvania by Gov. Robert Casey and has been the organization's president since 2011. The Distinguished Daughters of Pennsylvania was founded in 1948 by Governor James Duff to honor Pennsylvania women for distinguished service to their communities, their Commonwealth and their country through either professional or volunteer accomplishments.

Belin was a founder of the Northeast Regional Cancer institute, serving as executive vice president and president from 1991 to 2004. She was also appointed by Governor Tom Ridge as a member of the Pennsylvania Cancer Control Advisory Board and served as a member of the 1993 Federal Judicial Selection Committee for the middle district of Pennsylvania. She now serves as first vice chair on the board of Keystone College and is a board member of the Northeast Regional Cancer Institute and Circle 200, an organization of senior executive women in northeastern Pennsylvania.

"I believe it is important that we continue to highlight the fact that there are areas where girls and women still face issues related to equity, be it in sharing equally with men in family responsibilities, in achieving pay equality as well as leadership opportunities in the workforce, and in creating an atmosphere where boys and girls learn to respect each other and celebrate their talents and their differences," she said.

Tickets for the luncheon are $25 and reservations are due by Friday, March 8. A welcome reception with complimentary beverages and a cash bar will take place from noon to 12:30 p.m. and lunch will be served beginning at 12:30 p.m. Those wishing to attend are asked to choose their entrée from chicken française, teriyaki salmon or rigatoni primavera. A string duet will provide music during the luncheon. Call 586-8191 ext. 2 to make a reservation or for more information.