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Girl Scouts announces 2018 Women of Distinction


Award Luncheon set for April 5 in Baton Rouge

Girl Scouts are taught leadership and social skills that help them become the ultimate Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker and Leader (G.I.R.L.), but, there are also women who unleash their inner G.I.R.L. Girl Scouts Louisiana East will host its seventh annual Women of Distinction luncheon on Thursday, April 5, at the Renaissance Baton Rouge Hotel to honor four women who have dedicated themselves to making their community a better place. All proceeds support the Girl Scout Leadership Experience in southeast Louisiana.

This year’s honorees are: Donna Britt, News Anchor, WAFB-TV; Dr. Rebekah Gee, Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health; Julie LeBlanc, Supervisory Civil Engineer, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; and Elizabeth “Betsy” Stoner, Executive Director, Board of Elections, Orleans Parish.

 “We are honoring these women because of their extraordinary achievements as business women and public figures, community and civic leadership, and the positive impact they continue to have on girls and women in our communities,” said Mary Patricia Wray, event committee chair. “Although all of our awardees were not Girl Scouts growing up they are, however, leaders who support us and demonstrate the Girl Scout mission in all they do.”

Girl Scout alumna, volunteers and friends are invited to attend and help the council honor the 2018 Women of Distinction. A champagne reception will begin at 11:30 a.m. with lunch from 12 to 1 p.m. Pre-registration tickets for the award luncheon are $60 per person until March 15 and $75 after. Tickets may be purchased online at Buy one-get-one free tickets are also available to currently registered members of the council’s Man Enough to Be a Girl Scout and FOREVER Girl Scouts clubs.

Luncheon sponsors include DeCuir, Clark & Adams, LLP; Top Drawer Strategies LLC; and WAFB. Additional event and table sponsorship opportunities are available.  

The Girl Scouts Louisiana East council began its Women of Distinction recognition program in 2012 during the Girl Scout Centennial, and has recognized 38 amazing women thus far as Women of Distinction. For more information, please contact Girl Scouts Louisiana East Chief Development Officer, Jill Pollard at 225-927-8946, ext. 2238 or