Over 160 Girl Scout friends and supporters gathered for the council’s first Juliette Gordon Low Leadership Luncheon and Champagne Reception at the Audubon Tea Room in New Orleans on Halloween. The council recognized five outstanding individuals and entities for exemplifying the legacy of Girl Scouts of the USA’s founder, Juliette Low, on the anniversary of her birthday.
The council recognized the following individuals and entities for exemplifying her legacy: Dr. Cynthia Thomas, President of Dominican High School; Outstanding Woman Award; Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser, Outstanding Man Award; Sandra Holub of the Albemarle Foundation, Outstanding Business/Foundation Award; Dr. Michelle Sanchez and Dr. Donata Henry of Girls In STEM (GIST) at Tulane University, Outstanding Business/ Educators Award; Margie Loud Zeno, Minnie Finley Award.
“I am honored to receive the Outstanding Man Award along with my fellow award recipients standing here today” said Nungesser. “It is important that we are a positive representation of what it means to contribute to our communities, and we must continue to support Girl Scouts because they are building our female leaders of tomorrow.”
Sponsors included gold sponsor Albemarle Foundation, and bronze sponsors, Postlewaite & Netterville, Lamar Advertising, Mary Jane Becker, Jackie Daniels, Julie LeBlanc, and Joan Mollohan.
U.S. Marshal Jenny May, along with Mistress of Ceremonies, Girl Scout alumna Deputy Katy Cure, Commander of the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office Mounted Patrol Division, welcomed guests to the luncheon. They were followed by a flag ceremony conducted by Girl Scout Cadette Troop 40317 of St. Edward the Confessor School in New Orleans and invocation by Rev. M.C. Zeno of St. Joseph Missionary Baptist Church.
Guests enjoyed meals catered by the Audubon Tea Room and watched a ten minute video showcasing girls participating in Girl Scout activities in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), outdoors, entrepreneurship and life skills.
Cure was assisted by committee members, council board members, Betsy Stoner, and Robyn Merrick, and Girl Scouts Louisiana East’s CEO, Jackie Alexander who took turns introducing each award recipient. The room filled with laughter and applause after each award presenter expressed many thanks and delighted guests with stories about how the recipients have helped them, the community and Girl Scouts.
The luncheon concluded with a heartfelt request for financial support to continue the G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-Taker, Leader) ™experience by Becker, and Cure closed with a Halloween surprise by re-appearing as Wonder Woman and expressing how Girl Scouts are the “epitome of wonder.”