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Women of Distinction


Nearly 140 family members, friends, and supporters were in attendance for the 2017 Women of Distinction luncheon on Monday, May 8 at the Renaissance Baton Rouge Hotel. Our honorees were Sharon Weston Broome, Mayor-President Baton Rouge; Katie Corkern, Executive Director, Northshore Families Helping Families; Michelle Forte, Development Manager, Distinguished Events, American Cancer Society, Baton Rouge; Dr. Kelli Joseph, Superintendent, St. Helena Parish School District; Mrs. Artie Lacour (posthumous), Girl Scout alumna; Dr. Robyn Merrick, Chief of Staff, Southern University and A&M College; and Mallory Page, Artist & Author. Our Master of Ceremonies was Jacques Rodrigue, Executive Director of the George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts. 

Event chair was Mary-Patricia Wray, assisted by committee members Linda Law Clark, Bethany France, and Robyn Merrick. Sponsors included Decuir, Clark & Adams, LLP, Jackie Daniels, Heroman's, George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts, Renaissance Baton Rouge Hotel, Total Graphics, and Woman's Hospital.

Wray and Master of Ceremonies, Executive Director, George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts, Jacques Rodrigue welcomed the guests as the program officially began with the flag ceremony conducted by members of Baton Rouge Girl Scout Junior Troop 10324 and the invocation by Rev. Raymond Jetson, Pastor, Star Hill Church.  

Rodrigue was assisted by Girl Scout board member Robyn Merrick, event chair Mary-Patricia Wray, event committee member Bethany France and event committee member Linda Law Clark who took turns introducing each of the seven honorees, all of whom shared a little of their journey and the people who had supported them throughout their lives. The luncheon concluded with a heartfelt request for financial support from event committee member Linda Law Clark and remarks from event chair Wray.


A special "Thank You" goes to our 2017 sponsors  DeCuir, Clark & Adams, LLP;  George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts, Jackie Daniels, Focus Strategies, Kelly McKinney, Paula Roddy, Mallory Page, Southern University Baton Rouge, Total Graphics & Printing,Heroman's Floristand  Renaissance Baton Rouge Hotel who believe in supporting Girl Scouting in southeast Louisiana.

The Girl Scouts Louisiana East council began its Women of Distinction recognition program in 2012 during the Girl Scout Centennial, and has recognized 31 amazing women thus far as Women of Distinction. Past Women of Distinction are listed here in alphabetical order.