24th Annual Women of Distinction awards and lunch
RAPID CITY, S.D. – For over a century the Girl Scouts has been an organization that pushes girls to reach their full potential. On Tuesday, for the 24th year Girl Scouts Dakota Horizons hosting its “Women of Distinction” lunch.
Hundreds of former and active girl scouts were at the Rushmore Plaza Holiday Inn to recognize the achievements of their sisters in uniform.
Along with that businesses and organizations that stand out because of their support for girls and women received recognition.
“It’s a fantastic way to give back to and organization that does so many great things for the community,” said development director, Staci Miller.
Among the organization’s Skull Construction, Bank West, and South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. There were a bunch of local nominees for organization-wide awards.
“The volunteer fire department, we have our military personnel, we have lifetime girl scouts and we also have the up and coming girl scouts,” said Miller.
Dr. Lori Simon, the first-ever female superintendent of Rapid City Area Schools, was one of the guest speakers.
Discussing the importance of acknowledging girls for their intelligence, accomplishments, and strengths, rather than commenting solely on their outward appearance.
“I want our young girls and ladies to know that they are smart, that they are strong, they are capable of doing anything that they set their minds out to do,” said Dr. Simon.
Her advice for women and girls:
“It’s important that you know your strengths, you lead from your strengths, that you’re your true authentic self.”
There were several categories, listed below are the winners.
Award: Juliette Gordon Low Legacy; winner Tifanie Petro
Distinctive Woman of Service: Tiffany Humbracht
Tomorrow’s Leader: Mei Lin O’Connell
Friend of Distinction: Gwendolyn L Stearns Foundation
Woman of Distinction: Lisa Modrick