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August 21, 2013

North Country women to be honored

ALBANY — Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York will celebrate its 2013 Women of Distinction honorees for Clinton, Essex, Franklin and Hamilton counties at a dinner in September. 

The women to be honored are Joyce Rafferty, vice president of finance at CVPH Medical Center in Plattsburgh, as Distinguished Trailblazer; Anita Meserole, a volunteer with Literacy Volunteers of Essex/Franklin Counties, as Distinguished Community Leader; Jennifer McGinn, a student at Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School District, as Distinguished Leader of Tomorrow; Theresa Bennett, a volunteer who serves on the National Alliance on Mental Illness: Champlain Valley Board of Directors, for Distinguished Personal Achievement; Deborah L. Frederick, a speech therapist at North Country Kids, for Distinguished Personal Achievement; and Alice Heckard, longtime volunteer with the Clinton County Christmas Bureau, for Lifetime Achievement. 


Women of Distinction is a nationwide program of Girl Scouts of the USA that recognizes the achievements of women.

“Honorees are awarded for their strength of character, dedicated community service and emphasis on lifelong learning, along with their dedication to fostering self-confidence and leadership skills in others,” a press release said. 

“Many women who are leaders in their fields credit Girl Scouts with helping them to build the set of skills that paved their road to success.”


The dinner is set for 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, at the Westside Ballroom, 253 New York Road in Plattsburgh. 

Tickets, $50 each or $500 for a table of 10, can be purchased online. The event will include an extensive silent auction with proceeds benefiting Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York. 

The event’s presenting Silver Sponsor is the Wal-Mart Foundation; the Trefoil sponsor is Pepsi Bottling. 

For more information, contact Alumnae Relations Specialist Maegan Frantz at 348-1413, Ext. 402.

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