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-- by Melinda Stallworth, GSSA Director of Advancement

Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama's 17th annual Women of Distinction luncheon was held on Thursday, March 15, at the Montgomery Renaissance Hotel & Spa at the Convention Center. Nearly 300 guests came out to celebrate the accomplishments of women who are doing amazing things in our community.

Women of Distinction honorees are role models whose professional accomplishments, leadership and community involvement inspire girls to reach their highest potential. This year's honoree, Liz Sutton, is president of Alabama World Travel and Sutton & Associates. Her accomplishments, affiliations and dedication to helping others serves as a great example of service to family, career and community.

Highlights from the afternoon included a meet and greet reception with guest speaker Robin Meade, anchor of HLN's "Morning Express with Robin Meade" before the luncheon. Troop 9334 did an excellent job presenting the colors during the flag ceremony. They also presented tokens of appreciation to former honorees who attended the luncheon. We are grateful for the parents, volunteers and girls who participated to make our event a success within our council and our community. Montgomery mayor, Todd Strange, brought greetings on behalf of the city while Robin shared messages about having self-confidence, appreciating your uniqueness and despite obstacles, continuing to strive for success. Participants were also thrilled to spend personal time with her chatting and taking photos during the book signing. We are also proud to mention that both our honoree and guest speaker were former Girl Scouts.

Special thanks to all of our sponsors and volunteers who helped make the afternoon a success. On behalf of the more than 9,000 Girl Scouts in Southern Alabama, thank you for your commitment to building girls of courage, confidence and character.

To see photos from the event, click here.

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Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama is honoring Liz Sutton at its annual Women of Distinction event on Thursday, March 15, 2012 in Montgomery. Press Rep Cheyenne sat down with Mrs. Sutton recently to find out more about our honoree. For more information about the Women of Distinction event or to purchase tickets, click here.

Courage, confidence, character, warm, friendly and successful are a just a few of the words I would use to describe Liz Sutton, Girl Scout alumna and honoree for the Girl Scout Woman of Distinction 2012. It was a pleasure for me to interview her, and you can meet her too.

Press Rep Cheyenne: I wanted to start out saying that I am so honored to be meeting you since you did get woman of the year. Were you ever a girl scout?

Liz Sutton: Absolutely!

PRC: How many years?

Oh my goodness, now I realIy don't know but when I was at St. Bedes I was a Girl Scout. That is where I got to go camping. I was one of nine children so we could not spend the night with friends because there were just too many kids for mom and dad to keep up with. That's where I learned a lot of things and I loved to earn badges and I kept a spiral notebook. And I wrote down everything I learned and I still do that today. I still write down things and that is how I learn. I wrote it down and go back and read it and I tend to remember it. I attribute a lot of my success to my good foundation with Girl Scouts.

PRC: Do you think Girl Scouts played a role in your success?

LS: Absolutely, I think what they did is they opened my eyes to the world. My world consisted of my family life and school and church. So sewing and photography and mechanics and all the things that were outside of my world I was exposed to in Girl Scouts. So I often wonder how I would have learned about them. And then meeting other people and doing fun things together but also memorizing the Girl Scout promise... Just learning, you know, that God and our country is important and that serving other people is important. You learn at school. You learn at church. But to learn it in a social environment like that with your friends was great. And then I learned to sell. I was a great cookie sales person. And I love

PRC: You have worked with the small business resource center and chamber of commerce. What are the must-have skills for someone aspiring to start a small business?

LS: Great question...alright Cheyenne let's think. So what I think it takes to start a business is a great passion for whatever you want to do. You have to love it so much that when times get tough it doesn't matter. To me it is not work. I love what I do. I love to serve. I love to take care of the clients. And I love the travel industry. It's great to have a career you are passionate about. Cause if you are passionate, your clients will pick-up on that passion and they will be attracted to it. And you will enjoy it more. You'll serve them better. So I think passion is number one.

Number two is a very strong work ethic. Number three is to have a good business mind. Be good with dollars and cents. Be able to keep a budget. Be able to watch your pennies. And be able to think outside the box. Everything is not just here and neat and tidy. If it was then everybody would be doing it. So you've got to find your niche. [The Small Business Resource Center is] an excellent resource. How do you know about that?

PRC: Research. It was in your bio.

LS: Ah, very good, very impressive.

PRC: Thank you. What classes do you think kids taking now, that they probably don't like and don't see the use for, are going to need in the future? What do you say to those people who actually don't think there is a job out there that you can use it?

LS: Okay, you'll laugh at this first one...but typing. I though typing was a waste of time. But you have to understand that back then we didn't have the computers. And I just didn't understand why anybody would want to take a typing class. Two weeks after I graduated from Catholic High...my dad hired me in the travel business and I was typing flight schedules with flight numbers and departure times.

The other one is math. I love math. And math teaches you good logical thinking skills and problem-solving skills. And I think because of my math background I'm very creative when there's challenges in this office. When there is a problem, I love it. Most people shy away from it and don't want to get near it. I embrace it. You have to uncover all the facts. Then I have to put the pieces together. I like to help people think logically through it and come up with creative solutions.

PRC: I am so happy to hear you say math because right now I have an "A" in it and people say don't need it any more.

LS: You will never believe how good math is for you 'cause it gives you a lot of good logic.

PRC: What advice would you give to Girls Scouts and to girls in general that you think would help them in their life and what they want to succeed in?

That's a million dollar question. Okay, I would teach them so much. One is that you are a child of God and you are every bit as important as every other person in this world. When I first started in business it was a man's world and I was an inferior person to them. I was intimidated by them when I would go to talk to them. But I had to go meet them because I needed to get their business in order to be successful. And when I got married I realized my husband is a normal guy. These guys are probably normal too. And that was when I started realizing, I may be a woman in the South but I am every bit as professional and competent as they are. I may not have as many years' experience as they do but I am still valued and should be respected. I had to respect myself and who I was. Hold myself up high

PRC: Why do you think Girl Scouting was important to you?

I think it taught me so much about life. I learned so much being in a big family. But I think Girl Scouts opened the world to me and taught me there is so much more out there than I realized. And I learned about friendships and I learned about respecting adults. Which I learned from my parents but it was reinforced in Girl Scouts. And we would have speakers come and talk to us. And then I learned about arts and crafts. I didn't know anything about arts and crafts till then. And I started making dolls and little things. So I think that gave me some hobbies. It wasn't just about me or about my little world in this bubble. There's a great big, old world out there. So it was awesome.

PRC: I think your job shows you love this world.

LS: I do. I do. I love people and I love this world.

PRC: And I want to say thank you for allowing me to interview you.

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03252010_WoD.JPGGirl Scouts of Southern Alabama hosted its 15th Annual Women of Distinction Awards Gala and Auction March 25, 2010 at Wynlakes Golf and Country Club.  Over 200 attendees helped celebrate the honorees accomplishments and commitments to their community.  We've posted our photo gallery of the event, and will have video from the event, also.

 

Honorees included Margaret Hastings Bentley, Wanda Lloyd, Judge Sharon Gilbert Yates, Bette Sue Strasburger, Karen Sellers, Sheron Rose and Edith Jordan Wilcox. Young Women of Distinction honorees included Abigail B. and Miranda S.  Girl Scout Volunteer of the Year Award was presented to Liz Carnahan. These women, through service to their family, career and community have set an example of excellence and Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama is proud to recognize them.

 

Highlights from the evening included a reception and silent auction before the awards dinner.  The program began with special guest speaker, The Honorable Sue Bell Cobb, Chief Justice, Alabama Supreme Court, who delivered the keynote address.  The mistress of ceremonies was WSFA-12 news anchor Tonya Terry.  The fabulous evening also included a live auction conducted by Auctioneer Johnny Mullins.   

 

Proceeds from this event will help Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama make leadership development programs available to every girl, everywhere.

 

Special thanks to all of our sponsors and volunteers who helped make the night a success! 

GSSA announces the 2010 Women of Distinction Honorees

 

Each year, Girl Scout councils across the nation salute women who personally and professionally exemplify the values articulated in the Girl Scout Promise and Law. Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama is proud to recognize women who, through their service to family, career and community, have set an example of excellence.

 

Honorees will be recognized at the 15th Annual Women of Distinction Awards Gala & Auction Thursday, March 25, 2010, at Wynlakes Country Club in Montgomery.  A reception and silent auction begins at 5:30 p.m., with dinner and program immediately following.  The special guest speaker is The Honorable Sue Bell Cobb, Chief Justice, Alabama Supreme Court.

 

Proceeds from the event will help Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama make its leadership development programs available to every girl, everywhere.

         

Honorees are:

Margaret Hastings Bentley, Alabama Power Company

Wanda Lloyd, Montgomery Advertiser

Sheron Rose, Hyundai Motor Manufacturing of Alabama

Karen Sellers, Family Sunshine Center

Bette Sue Strasburger, Civic Leader

Edith Jordan Wilcox, Civic Leader

Judge Sharon Gilbert Yates, Montgomery County District Court

 

Girl Scout Volunteer of the Year

Liz Carnahan, Civic Leader

 

Young Women of Distinction

Girl Scout Ambassador Abigail B.

Girl Scout Senior Miranda S.

 

To purchase tickets, contact Tonya Howard at (800)239-6636 or e-mail thoward@girlscoutssa.org

Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama's Women of Distinction Awards Gala recognizes women in our communities who have distinguished themselves through service and leadership and have a strong commitment to their community.  

Also, there are Girl Scout Volunteer of the Year and Young Women of Distinction categories!  Check it out at our Special Events page: http://www.girlscoutssa.org/special_events.php 

Questions? Call Tonya Howard at 800.239.6636, ext. 2802.   You have until December 31 to nominate someone.

Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama is accepting nominations to recognize women who have distinguished themselves through service and leadership. This event will honor up to nine women from across Southern Alabama who make a difference in our community.

The 2010 Women of Distinction Gala will be held on March 25, 2010, at Wynlakes Country Club in Montgomery.

We invite you to nominate distinguished women from our community. One award will be presented in each of the nine categories.

  • Business, Finance, Insurance
  • Arts, Cultures, Humanities
  • Education, Faith, Youth or Social Services
  • Environment, Architecture, Engineering, Real Estate, Construction
  • Health, Wellness, Fitness
  • Law, Government, Elected Officials
  • PR, Advertising, Media
  • Girl Scout Volunteer of the Year
  • Young Woman of Distinction

 

The nomination packet and Young Woman of Distinction packet contain more information and the needed forms to nominate your candidate.  The application deadline is Friday, November 27, 2009. 

Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama hosted its 14th Annual Women of Distinction Awards Gala on March 10, 2009 at Arrowhead Country Club.  Over 150 attendees helped celebrate the honorees accomplishments and commitments to their community. 

 Honorees included Elizabeth Braswell, Tamara Cofield, Dr. Susan Diamond, Dee Gambill, Sue Herring Groce, Joy Grodnick, Dora James, Juanita Owes, Nancy Raia, Sarah Spear, Lisa Stephens and Virginia Thompson.  Young Women of Distinction honorees included Barbara B., Maria B., Haley E. and Leah N.  Girl Scout Volunteer of the Year Award was presented to Yvonne Lee.

Highlights from the evening included a reception and silent auction before the awards dinner.  Ellen Brooks, board chair and longtime Girl Scout delivered the keynote address.  The mistress of ceremonies was WSFA-12 news anchor Tonya Terry.  The fabulous evening also included a live auction conducted by Auctioneer Johnny Mullins.   

Proceeds from the event support our Girl Leadership Development Program and provide financial assistance for girls who would not normally have the opportunity to participate. 

Special thanks to all our sponsors and volunteers who helped make the night a success!  See our special events page to view all the sponsors and the committee members who put on this wonderful event.

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Read the article from the Montgomery Advertiser about the Women of Distinction Gala being held tonight in Montgomery!

Women of Distinction honorees for 2009 have been chosen!  These women are leaders in their fields who have been chosen by their peers as Champions of Change.  These women lead the charge to advocate the importance of being role models, volunteerism and financial commitment in their community.


This year's Honorees will be recognized at the 14th Annual Women of Distinction Awards Gala in Montgomery on March 10.  Proceeds from this event supports our many outreach efforts, including Head Start facilities, Public Housing Communities and in schools throughout our 30-county service area. 


Read more about the Gala and see the list of 2009 Honorees on our Special Events page.

The communities in our council thrive because of committed and talented individuals whose efforts make a difference.  Every year, we honor up to nine women in South Alabama who have distinguished themselves through service and leadership.

These women will exemplify extraordinary civic, professional and/or philanthropic commitment and achievement.  They will be be a role model for girls, demonstrating a commitment to the advocacy for improving the lives of women and/or girls and have demonstrated initiative, integrity and leadership characteristics.  Nominees are not required to have been or currently be a Girl Scout.

We invite you to nominate distinguished women from our communities.  One award will be presented in each of the nine categories at our Women of Distinction Gala in Montgomery on March 10, 2009. 

Please visit our Special Events page to learn more.  Deadline for nominations is November 28, 2008.

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