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Shawnee Council Girl Scouts honor Eastern Panhandle women

September 29, 2009|By TRISH RUDDER

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- Close to 300 people attended the Girl Scouts of Shawnee Council's fifth annual Women of Distinction luncheon on Tuesday at the Holiday Inn.

The 2009 women honored were Gina Miller, vice president of Miller's Electric Co.; Connie Perry of Perry Realty; and Joanne Wadsworth, a vice president at Centra Bank.

The honorees were selected based upon leadership, professional achievement, service to the community and how they serve as a role model for girls, according to a press release from the Girl Scouts of Shawnee Council.

U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., the keynote speaker, said it was wonderful to pay tribute "to these women of distinction and past women of distinction."

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All three women of distinction are very civil women, she said. They achieve, get things done and can still be civil. And they are good listeners.

"We want to be around people that listen," Capito said.

Wadsworth, a nominee from Berkeley County, was a Shawnee Girl Scout.

"It's over-the-top exciting," Wadsworth said before the luncheon. "It's quite an honor." 

Wadsworth said her grandparents came to the United States from Italy and she was taught family values. She said she was also taught at an early age that girls could do anything.

"I was blessed with great role models. God, family, hard work, a good education and giving back was taught to us," she said.

Morgan County nominee Perry said she was "very honored."

She was a 4H'er growing up, but her mother was a Girl Scout leader and her two younger sisters were Girl Scouts.

"Coming from a family of 10, I learned very early to take responsibility," Perry said.

Perry said being a Girl Scout teaches you about being leaders in the community.

"If you thought you were a person of distinction, you would not be one," Perry said.

Former Morgan County Women of Distinction Jeanne Mozier (2005), Sally Marshall (2006), Laura Smith (2007) and Beth Peters Curtin (2008) sat with Perry at the luncheon. All agreed with Marshall, who said, "we are so proud and pleased that Connie is recognized for what she has done for the county, the Panhandle and the state."

Morgan County Schools Superintendent David Banks said Perry's membership with the West Virginia School Board Authority has been good not only for Morgan County and the Eastern Panhandle.

"She looks out for all schools in the state," Banks said.

Miller, who also was a nominee from Berkeley County, was a Brownie and a Girl Scout.  

She was recognized as a person who makes things happen, "very bright, very goal-oriented, constantly organizing and planning and has a high-energy level," Diane Dailey said.

"I am very honored and very humbled," Miller said.

She said she has always been interested in giving back, but to be recognized for it, "I'm rarely speechless, but I am today," Miller said.

Miller is working on a business degree at Shepherd University and the next goal is an master's in business administration.

"Keep learning and give back to your community," Miller said.

 

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