WARREN - Girl Scouts of Northeast Ohio kicked off its National Volunteer Recruitment Campaign by celebrating women who inspire, mentor and empower others.
The 15 nominees selected for this year's Women of Distinction award were honored at a ceremony recently at Hilton Beachwood.
Standing in for U.S. Rep. Marcia L. Fudge, Beverly Charles, a senior staffer and senior citizen liaison, delivered the keynote speech. Sarah Lowry, a northeast Ohio representative from Sen. Sherrod Brown's office, also presented each honoree with a letter of congratulations and a certificate.
"The women selected for this honor embody all that we promise to live by as Girl Scouts: to be honest and fair, considerate and caring, courageous and strong, and committed to making the world a better place," said Erine Bodo, a Girl Scouts troop leader, 2012 Women of Distinction recipient, and chairperson for the 2013 Women of Distinction event. "Their passions, commitments, and accomplishments make them positive role models who inspire girls to achieve their own goals and dreams."
The Women of Distinction event is held annually in the fall with the purpose of recognizing women in northeast Ohio who have made a difference in the lives of others. These women represent a diversity of professional fields, personal characteristics, and life experiences. Their talents are broad and their effects far-reaching, whether they work directly with girls or support the Girl Scouts mission in other meaningful ways.
Among those honored was Tricia Wineland of Warren.
Wineland is a Girl Scouts co-leader who teaches by example and works alongside the girls. She connects them to a variety of community service experiences including collecting donations for Someplace Safe and animal shelters, cleaning and painting community playgrounds, doing yard work at the historical house of Harriet Taylor Upton and a local church, and building bat houses at the state park. Wineland is also working with the girls to explore their faith by completing the "God and Me" religious award and the Girl Scout Gold Award.
In addition to her troop, Wineland has served as the magazine and snack chair as well as the cookie chair for the service unit and her troop. She is a service unit co-director.