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Women of Distinction is a nationwide Girl Scouts of the USA program that recognizes the achievements of women. As Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York educates girls to be future community leaders, we want to recognize the community leaders of today. Since 1985, GSNENY has been hosting Women of Distinction events across the council. Honorees are awarded for their strength of character, dedicated community service, emphasis on life-long learning, along with their dedication to fostering self-confidence and leadership skills in others. These events are one of many ways we keep Girl Scouting vibrant in our communities. Many women who are leaders in their fields credit Girl Scouting with helping them build the set of skills that paved their road to success.

In 2021, Women of Distinction is going virtual! Tickets for our September event will be available in the spring. Please contact us if you would like to receive an invitation.

To see past honorees, Click Here.

Our Honorees

This year we celebrate the accomplishments of:

•   Ellen Bouchard, Business Development Officer at Dannemora Federal Credit Union –Distinguished Personal Achievement
•   Kara Maggy, CNA at Meadowbrook Nursing Home – Distinguished Leader of Tomorrow 
•  Jacqueline Prather, Child Care Director at Plattsburgh YMCA Bright Beginnings – Lifetime Achievement

Our Sponsors

Please join us in thanking the following sponsors who are supporting local Girl Scouts through the 2021 Women of Distinction event:

Bronze Sponsors

Champlain Valley Business and Professional Women

Walmart #1994.

Silver Sponsors

It's not too late to become a sponsor! An outline of sponsorship levels and benefits is available online. Sponsorship payments can be made online.

Questions? Contact Nikki Hilchey by email or call 518-563-1560.

Get Involved

There are lots of ways to get involved:

  • Use your social media savvy to suggest others submit nominations. 
  • Join the committee. If you would like to help plan and execute the event, please contact Nikki Hilchey, Interim Director of Philanthropy at 518-563-1560 x 307.
  • Join the Pearl Society! Email or call Nikki for next steps.
  • Connect the committee with a potential sponsor; email contact information of a potential sponsor and the committee will follow up!
  • Attend the event! Tickets will be available online later this summer or contact us to be added to the invitation list.
Pearl Society

As an individual, imagine the impact your support can have on the lives of local Girls! As a member of the Pearl Society, you show your support of Girl Scout programs that are more vital than ever. During this time of social distancing, GSNENY’s programs continue to provide Girls a sense of normalcy, as they connect with their Girl Scout sisters and earn badges from home or at camp. Both virtual and outdoor in-person programs provide Girls a safe way to continue learning and growing through Girl Scouting.

The Pearl Society is named in honor of a selfless act by Juliette Gordon Low. In 1915, three years after founding the Girl Scout Movement, she sold her strand of matching natural pearls to support Girl Scouts for another year. If her actions inspire you to strengthen your commitment to our community, join the Pearl Society today!

Prefer to pay by mail? Simply complete this form and mail with your payment.

Questions? Contact Nikki Hilchey by email (link to or calling 518-563-1560.

Please join us in thanking these members of the Pearl Society who support local Girl Scouts:

Maria Alexander


Amanda L. Belzile

Jennifer Booth

Dr. Nancy J. Church

Kimberly Davis, Clinton County Treasurer

Melissa B. Mowry

Kerry Haley

Vicki Marking

Northern Insuring Agency, Inc.

Joyce Rafferty