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More than 500 friends and supporters of Girl Scouts gathered to celebrate current and emerging leaders at the 2015 Women and Young Women of Distinction luncheon on October 17. The distinguished honorees set a powerful example of “what could be” and gave an inspirational glimpse into a future led by our most valuable assets—our girls.

“Girls represent our greatest under-utilized talent pool with the greatest potential to positively impact our future,” says JoEllen Lynn, this year’s event chair and Director of Public and Community Affairs for Fry’s Food Stores Phoenix. “Today’s young girls have amazing opportunities in front of them, and this luncheon honors those outstanding Girl Scouts and prominent women in our community who are leading by example with the courage, confidence and skills needed to step forward and lead the next generation.”  

The luncheon, Arizona Cactus-Pine Councils only fundraising event during the year, is a celebration of current and rising female leaders and a great opportunity for Girl Scout alumnae to reunite with fellow Girl Scouts or their former troop members.

If you would like to nominate a Woman or Young Woman of Distinction for 2016, contact Leslie at


2015 Women and Young Women of Distinction from left: Verma Pastor, Julia Patrick, Shannon Goldwater, Nicole Bidwill, Stephanie Banda, Tess Grossman and Jessica Lynn Peebles.