The Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York are seeking nominations for the 2010 Women of Distinction Awards to be presented on Sept. 30, 2010 at the West Side Ballroom in Plattsburgh. The event will recognize outstanding women from Clinton, Franklin, Essex, northern Hamilton and eastern St. Lawrence Counties who are role models for girls and other women; and have made a difference in their communities. It is not a requirement that the person being nominated is currently or has been a member of the Girl Scouts.
This year's awards will recognize women for a variety of accomplishments from career and personal achievements to outstanding community service; and dedication to family and the people around them. In addition, an award will be presented to an outstanding young woman (aged 21or younger) who has made a significant impact in her community.
The award categories include:
Distinguished Leader of Tomorrow (age 21 and under)
This award is presented to a young woman who has demonstrated outstanding leadership ability and has contributed to her school and community outside of Girl Scouting. She has spearheaded a project or program to improve quality of life.
Distinguished Personal Achievement (non-professional, 22 years or age and over)
This category honors a woman who is a risk taker in the non-traditional way. She has achieved an unconventional or ambitious goal. She is persistent in her efforts; remains focused, and accept challenges with confidence. This achievement is outside the realm of volunteer activities or career endeavors.
Distinguished Community Leader (age 22 and over)
This award is given to a woman who has demonstrated outstanding contributions to her community. She is a role model, community leader, mentor, or has broken new ground. She is an agent for change in a particular area who has made a measurable difference to those around her.
Distinguished Emerging Trailblazer (age 35 and under)
This category honors a woman who has a proven record of accomplishment of reaching ambitious or unconventional goals demonstrated by upward career mobility, steady growth, and leadership skills. She is willing to take risks, inspires, and motivates others.
Distinguished Trailblazer (age 36 and over)
This category honors a woman who has Imagined the Possibilities in her chosen field, broken glass ceilings, overcame and excelled under extreme challenges; and demonstrated perseverance. She has been in her chosen field for more than 5 years and has demonstrated steady growth, exhibited leadership, and fostered development of others.
All nominations are due by Thursday, July 1, 2010. To request a nomination form, contact Debbie Erck at Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York at 489-8110 ext. 28, or email Debbie at firstname.lastname@example.org. Nomination forms are also available for download at www.gsneny.org.