Women of Distinction


2017 Women of Distinction

Our 21st annual Women of Distinction event was a wonderful evening!  Guests were treated to a delicious dinner, a fantastic silent auction and the life stories of three incredible women, Betsy Merto Engle, Becky Zaverl & Michelle Katz Bartlett, our Women of Distinction.  Thank you to all of our guests, our sponsors, including our major corporate sponsor, BP, and a special thank you to our Women of Distinction for their commitment to making the world a better place.

About the Women of Distinction Awards

Women have always been strong contributors to the state of Alaska and to the city of Fairbanks. While many women have worked in the spotlight to effect change and improve communities, many have contributed behind the scenes. The Farthest North Girl Scout Council designed an award two decades ago that honors women who have made highly visible as well as silent contributions to the Fairbanks community. Each May, the Girl Scout council recognizes three women, at a banquet in their honor, who make our city a better place to live and who are positive role models for young girls.

The Women of Distinction Event is an annual fundraiser presented in partnership with BP. The community of Fairbanks recognizes and awards three extraordinary women, while supporting a positive program for Alaska’s girls. Funds from previous events have helped hundreds of girls to enjoy the fun of Girl Scouts in troops and at camp, from all around the state.

Previous Honorees

1997
Martha Harrell, Brenda Holden, Effie Kokrine, and Ann Secrest

1998
Rev. Shellie Brown, Poldine Carlo, Grace Berg Schaible, and Sue Wilken

1999
Vallie Byrdsong, Deborah Honea, Ruth Lister, and Rev. Mable Rasmussen

2000
Virgie M. King, Christine Smith, Coleen Turner, and June Ulz

2001
Annie Bartley, Erma Belz, Ruth Burnett, and June Rogers

2002
Nancy White Carlstrom, Edna Wilder Cryan, Emily Kemak, and Susan Redding

2003
Gloria Fernandez, Nancy Hanson, Dorothy Jones, and Ginger Stock-McKenzie

2004
Jyotsna “Jo” Heckman, Kyong Hollen, Susan Rainey, and Chelsea Walker

2005
Barbara Hall, M. Chris Hayes, Althea St. Martin, and Jo Ryman Scott

2006
Rosalind Kan, Patty Kastelic, Theresa Reed, and Marilyn Romano

2007
Samantha Kirstein, Henrine Gray, Ann Shortt, and Niesje Steinkruger

2008
Carol Brice, Lorena Hegdal, Annie Keep-Barnes, and Cheryl Kilgore

2009
Pat Cook, Lottie Fleeks, Mary Ann Nickles, and Bonnie Roberts

2010
Karen Parr, Wendy Redman, Jennifer Schmidt, and Barbara Schuhmann

2011
Mary Binkley, Shirley Lee, Peggy Pollen, and Jeri Wigdahl

2012
Bernice Joseph, Shelby Nelson, and Karen Perdue

2013
Sue Hull, Patty Mongold, and Connie Parks-Karl

2014
Mary Jane Fate, Jane Kauvar, and Sue White

2015
Sherry Modrow, Ana Richards, and Lorna Shaw

2016
Bonnie Johnson, Jennifer Jolis, Corlis Tayor

2017
Betsy Merto Engle, Becky Zaverl, Michelle Katz Bartlett

Honoring our 2017 Donors

Major Sponsor
BP
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Corporate Sponsors
Alaska Airlines
Alyeska Pipeline
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
Gayle Garrigues
Mt. McKinley Bank
University of Alaska Fairbanks

Table Sponsors
Hospital Foundation
Friends of Michelle Bartlett
Denali Elementary Faculty
Golf Girls
Mavencamp Family
In Memory of Dr. Carroll
Wien/Hajdukovich Families
Wilder Family
Gary & Sue Wilken

Special Contributors
Advance Printing
Chris Anderson
First Lady Donna Walker
Randi Carnahan
Clear Channel Radio
Gayle Garrigues
Alyssa GoForth
Shirley Gordon
Sue Hull
IHeart Media
KATN, Channel 2
KTVF, Channel 11
TVTV, Channel 13
Rosalie L’Ecuyer
Last Frontier Mediactive
Sarah Ledgett
Tamera Lienhart
John Lubben
Karen Lundquist
Jill Marshall/ Marshall Arts
Barbara Matthews
Monique Musick
Mary Ann Nickles
Claudia & Jeff Pierson
John Ringstad
Courtney Roberts
Cindy Schumaker
Margaret Soden
Gary & Chelsea Walker
Holly Willman
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