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You’re invited to celebrate the 2022 Women of Distinction honorees on September 20:

·  Meghan Weeden, Former President of Adirondack Young Professionals, Rotarian, and member of the City of Plattsburgh ZBA—Distinguished Community Leader

·  Amanda L. Bulris-Allen, LMSW, Executive Director at NAMI-CV—Distinguished Trailblazer

·  Gina Lindsey, Professor of Humanities at Clinton Community College and Adjunct Lecturer in Communications Studies at SUNY Plattsburgh—Distinguished Personal Achievement

·  Stephanie Ratcliffe, Executive Director at The Wild Center—Climate Change Champion.

To see past honorees, Click Here.

What is the Women of Distinction Event?

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 lifelong 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.

To see past honorees, Click Here.

Questions can be directed to Nikki Hilchey at 518.563.1560.

Attend the Event

Please join us on Tuesday, September 20 at 6 p.m. for the 2022 Women of Distinction event!

The event will be at the West Side Ballroom, 253 New York Rd, Plattsburgh, NY 12903 or you can attend the ceremony virtually via Zoom. The in-person event will start with a reception that includes hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar.

Tickets must be purchased in advance, and the RSVP deadline is September 7. In-person tickets are $50/person and virtual attendance is $25/person.

You can purchase your ticket online. Current Girl Scouts who plan to attend virtually can purchase their tickets in myGS.

Virtual attendees will receive a link to the Zoom event by email the day before the event.

All funds raised from the Women of Distinction event will support the growing demand for our programming, so thousands of Girl Scouts in northeastern New York can empower themselves for a lifetime of leadership, success, and adventure.

Our Honorees

This year, we are pleased to honor:

·       Meghan Weeden, Former President of Adirondack Young Professionals, Rotarian, and member of the City of Plattsburgh ZBA—Distinguished Community Leader

·       Amanda L. Bulris-Allen, LMSW, Executive Director at NAMI-CV—Distinguished Trailblazer

·       Gina Lindsey, Professor of Humanities at Clinton Community College and Adjunct Lecturer in Communications Studies at SUNY Plattsburgh—Distinguished Personal Achievement

·       Stephanie Ratcliffe, Executive Director at The Wild Center—Climate Change Champion

We will be accepting nominations for the 2023 Women of Distinction October-December 2022. Watch this page for the nomination form to be posted or email us to receive the link directly!

Our Sponsors

Join us in thanking this year’s sponsors:

Platinum Sponsor

 

Gold Sponsors

Man Enough to be a Girl Scout Sponsor

Thomas Metz

Bronze Sponsors

Glens Falls National Bank and Trust Co.

LayerEight

Long Run Wealth Advisors

Girl Sponsors

Brennan Buick GMC

Dannemora Federal Credit Union

Senior Citizens Council of Clinton County, Inc.

T&T Parts, LLC

Tammy Perrotte Sears—RE/MAX North Country

UFirst FCU

Pearl Society Members

Amanda Belzile

Jennifer Booth

Dr. Nancy J. Church

Nikki Hilchey

Jessica Kogut

Nicole Laurin

Vicki Marking

Mary E. Skillan

Get Involved

There are lots of ways to get involved:

  • Use your network and social media savvy to suggest others submit nominations. Nominations for 2023 are accepted from October through December of 2022.
  • Join the committee. If you would like to help plan and execute the event, please contact Nikki Hilchey at 518-563-1560 x 307.
  • Join the Pearl Society or become a Man Enough to be a Girl Scout Sponsor! These individual sponsorship levels are great ways to show your steadfast commitment to supporting Girl Scouting through the Women of Distinction event. Email or call Nikki for the next steps.
  • Connect the committee with a potential sponsor; email the contact information of a potential sponsor and the committee will follow up!
  • Attend the event! Tickets are available online.
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. GSNENY’s programs provided girls a sense of normalcy during the pandemic, as they connected with their Girl Scout sisters and earned badges from home or at camp. We continue to offer both virtual and in-person programs for girls 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 Girl Scouting, sign up to join the Pearl Society today!

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

Please join us in thanking this year’s Pearl Society members:

Amanda Belzile

Jennifer Booth

Dr. Nancy J. Church

Nikki Hilchey

Jessica Kogut

Nicole Laurin

Vicki Marking

Mary E. Skillan

Man Enough to be a Girl Scout

Girls need to know the men in their lives support female leaders. Your support of Women of Distinction impacts local girls! As a Man Enough to be a Girl Scout sponsor, you show your support for Girl Scout programs that are more vital than ever. GSNENY’s programs provided girls a sense of normalcy during the pandemic, as they connected with their Girl Scout sisters and earned badges from home or at camp. We continue to offer both virtual and in-person programs for girls to continue learning and growing through Girl Scouting.

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

Please join us in thanking this year’s Man Enough to be a Girl Scout Sponsor:

Thomas Metz