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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.

Thank you to everyone who joined us in-person and virtually!

We are accepting nominations for the 2022 event. Please submit a nomination by December 31, 2021

To see past honorees, Click Here.

Attend the Event

If you would like to receive an invitation to the 2022 event, please send your contact information to us.

Our Honorees

This year we celebrate the accomplishments of:

•   Ellen Bouchard, Business Development Officer at Dannemora Federal Credit Union –Distinguished Personal Achievement
•   Kara Maggy, LPN 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:

Platinum Sponsor
The Northeast Group and MHAB

Gold Sponsor

Silver Sponsor
Glens Falls National Bank and Trust Company

Bronze Sponsors
Champlain National Bank
Champlain Valley Business and Professional Women
Dannemora Federal Credit Union
Walmart #1994

Man Enough to be a Girl Scout Sponsors
Kevin Brady
Randy Giltz

Jon Grald

Craig Hilchey

Assemblyman Billy Jones

Pat Leary

Harrison Sangster

Girl Sponsors
North Country Knits
T&T Leasing Of Plattsburgh

To learn about sponsorship opportunities for next year’s event, contact Nikki Hilchey by email or call 518-563-1560.

Get Involved

There are lots of ways to get involved:

  • Use your network and social media savvy to suggest others submit nominations. Nominations for 2022 are due by December 31, 2021.
  • Join the committee. If you would like to help plan and execute the event, please contact Nikki Hilchey, Annual Giving Manager 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 ways to show your steadfast commitment to support Girl Scouting through the Women of Distinction event. 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

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

Maria Alexander Patti Hammond
Anonymous Nikki Hilchey
Amanda L. Belzile Carol Hyde
Jennifer Booth Jessica Kogut
Dr. Nancy J. Church Virginia B. LaPointe
Lois Clermont Nicole Laurin
Kimberly Davis, Clinton County Treasurer Vicki Marking
Ellen Donovan Melissa B. Mowry
Victoria Duley Northern Insuring Agency, Inc.
Kerry Haley Joyce Rafferty

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 Girl Scouting, contact us to join the Pearl Society today!

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