The dedication they have to their communities has not gone unnoticed for one group of local women.
Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York will recognize six local women at the organization’s annual Women of Distinction dinner Thursday, Sept. 22, at the West Side Ballroom.
Each year, a committee reviews nominations of outstanding women from Clinton, Franklin, Essex, northern Hamilton and eastern St. Lawrence Counties who are considered role models for young women and who have made a difference in their communities.
Vicki A. Marking heads the committee, in what she calls “one of the toughest jobs to do.”
“We have a lot of fantastic people in our local communities,” said Marking. “So, choosing only six is the hardest part.”
However, the committee once again whittled down the list of nominations to reveal its most recent honorees: Gail Brill, Adirondack Green Circle; Bonnie Black, Behavioral Health Services North; Judy Feigenbaum, North Country Home Services; Dr. Karen Firda, Palmer Veterinary Clinic; Jeanie Roberts, North Country Chapter of American Red Cross; and Gabrielle Palmer, National Alliance for Mental Illness of Champlain Valley.
What impresses Marking most is how each honoree comes from a different sector of the community or has a commitment to a different cause in the region.
“I’m impressed this year with how different each one of them is,” Marking said of the honorees. “Each one of them has a passion for something in particular ... But, what’s the same about them and what makes them stand out is their level of passion and their level of commitment for what they do.”
What also is common among each honoree, said Marking, is their selfless dedication to making the community a better place.
“I don’t think any of these ladies are doing what they do because they’re looking to get recognized for it,” said Marking.
That doesn’t mean their efforts should go unnoticed, however, said Marking.
“It’s very important we’re recognizing these ladies and pointing out to the young ladies coming up through the ranks of Girl Scouting and through the general community that these are role models.”
The six honorees will be presented their awards during the Sept. 22 dinner, which will start with a reception and silent auction at 6 p.m., followed by dinner and a program at 7 p.m.
Emcee for the evening will be Keela Dates, executive director of Reason2Smile Inc., a nonprofit organization which supports Jambo Jipya School, a school and orphanage in Kenya.
Those interested in attending the dinner may contact Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York at 489-8110. Dinner tickets are $50 each or $500 for a table of 10. Reservations are due by Friday, Sept. 16.
The dinner is sponsored by Casella Waste Management, Champlain National Bank, NBT Bank and Wyeth.