Monday, March 22, 2010

Girl Scouts Recognize 2010 East Alabama Women of Distinction Honorees

The Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama will recognize nine outstanding women at their first East Alabama Women of Distinction Luncheon, Thursday, April 1, 2010, at Jacksonville State University Cole Coliseum. This Luncheon recognizes women in St. Clair, Talladega, Etowah, Calhoun, Cherokee, Cleburne, Clay and Randolph counties

The Women of Distinction program pays tribute to women who have made special contributions to their community through civic, academic or professional involvement. This year the Honorees are being named prior to the Luncheon.

This year’s Women of Distinction Honorees are Marie Akin, Senior Vice President, Exchange Bank of America; Betty Carr, Civic Leader; Tina Gregerson, Owner and CEO, Personnel Staffing, Inc.; Joyce Hughes, Medical Staff Credentialing Coordinator, HealthSouth; Christie King-Ray, President, C King Benefits Auction; Carol Pappas, Former Editor and Publisher (retired), The Daily Home; Dr. Valerie A. Richardson, Vice President of Institutional Advancement and Student Services, Garden State Community College; and Jean F. Stanko, Nurse Practitioner, Anniston Family Practice.

In addition Josephine Ayers, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Long Leaf Magazine, will receive the 2010 Frances E. Couch Award at the Luncheon.

The Luncheon emcee will be Julia Segars, a committee member and Gail Collins, a New York Times Columnist, will be the Luncheon speaker. Also, the Alabama Ballet will perform a vignette.

Chairing the Luncheon are Julia Segars and Juliette Doster. Committee members include Marie Akin, Carole Barnett, Anna Berry, Greg Brown, Gina Byars, Annette Cox, Margaret Davenport, Dr. Virginia Gauld, Marcy Gregerson, Patty Hobbs, Diane Kay, Patty King, Melissa McDonald, Betty McWhorter, Bill Meehan, Anna-Marie Moorer, Emily Raley, Jeanne Rasco, Chris Waddle, Melody Warren, Denise Webb and Brenda Wyatt.

Proceeds from the East Alabama Women of Distinction Luncheon provided direct support to Girl Scouts in North-Central Alabama, which serves more than 19,000 girls in 36 counties. Sponsors for the Luncheon include Aerospace Coatings, Alabama Power Company, Anniston Regional Medical Center, Balch & Bingham, Calhoun County Commission, Riverview Regional Medical Center, Stringfellow Memorial Hospital, Sunny King Automotive and Webb Home. Tickets to the Luncheon cost $50 for general admission and $35 for Girl Scout members. For more information please contact Julie Carter at 800-734-4541 x134 or visit