Women of Distinction
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.
2019 Women of Distinction
The 2019 Women of Distinction event was absolutely wonderful! Everyone enjoyed a delicious dinner, a fantastic silent auction, laughs with friends, and most importantly, the life stories of three inspirational women in our community; Odette Butler, Billie Kassel & Teisha Simmons.
A very special thank you goes out to Alaska First Lady Rose Dunleavy for joining us and speaking at this event. A big thank you goes out to our Emcee, Marilyn Romano and our Storyteller, Cindy Schumaker. And finally, thank you to everyone who made this event possible, you help make Girl Scouting possible in Interior and Northern Alaska!
Martha Harrell, Brenda Holden, Effie Kokrine, and Ann Secrest
Rev. Shellie Brown, Poldine Carlo, Grace Berg Schaible, and Sue Wilken
Vallie Byrdsong, Deborah Honea, Ruth Lister, and Rev. Mable Rasmussen
Virgie M. King, Christine Smith, Coleen Turner, and June Ulz
Annie Bartley, Erma Belz, Ruth Burnett, and June Rogers
Nancy White Carlstrom, Edna Wilder Cryan, Emily Kemak, and Susan Redding
Gloria Fernandez, Nancy Hanson, Dorothy Jones, and Ginger Stock-McKenzie
Jyotsna “Jo” Heckman, Kyong Hollen, Susan Rainey, and Chelsea Walker
Barbara Hall, M. Chris Hayes, Althea St. Martin, and Jo Ryman Scott
Rosalind Kan, Patty Kastelic, Theresa Reed, and Marilyn Romano
Samantha Kirstein, Henrine Gray, Ann Shortt, and Niesje Steinkruger
Carol Brice, Lorena Hegdal, Annie Keep-Barnes, and Cheryl Kilgore
Pat Cook, Lottie Fleeks, Mary Ann Nickles, and Bonnie Roberts
Karen Parr, Wendy Redman, Jennifer Schmidt, and Barbara Schuhmann
Mary Binkley, Shirley Lee, Peggy Pollen, and Jeri Wigdahl
Bernice Joseph, Shelby Nelson, and Karen Perdue
Sue Hull, Patty Mongold, and Connie Parks-Karl
Mary Jane Fate, Jane Kauvar, and Sue White
Sherry Modrow, Ana Richards, and Lorna Shaw
Bonnie Johnson, Jennifer Jolis, Corlis Tayor
Betsy Merto Engle, Becky Zaverl, Michelle Katz Bartlett
Wendy Dominique, Dr. Mishelle Nace, Barb Walters
Odette Butler, Billie Kassel, Teisha Simmons
Dr. Rev. Anna Frank, Dorothy Laiti, Lisa Sundborg
Honoring Our 2019 Donors
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
Mt. McKinley Bank
The Landing Church
Alaska Coffee Roasting Co.
Alaska Feed Company
Alaska Salmon Bake
Animal House Veterinary Hospital
Aurora Service Unit
Bad Mother Vintage
The Cinnamon Gang
Cold Spot Feeds
The Cookie Jar
Co-Op Market Deli & Grocery
Denali Raft Adventures
Elements Salon and Day Spa
Expressions in Glass
Fairbanks Distilling Co.
Fairbanks Ice Dogs
Flower Pot Garden Center
Fly Trampoline Park Fairbanks
Four-Get-Me-Not Service Unit
Gavoras Fine Wine
Gold Dredge #8
Grassroots Guitar Company
Great North Star Service Unit
Great Alaskan Bowl Co.
Great Harvest Bread Co.
Leah M. Hill
Holm Town Nursery
HooDoo Brewing Company
Hot Licks Homemade Ice Cream
If Only… a fine store
In My Element
Judie Gumm Designs
Little Owl Cafe
The Lodge at Black Rapids
McCafferty’s, A Coffee House, Etc.
Moose Mountain Ski Resort
Northern Sparrow Boutique
Sourdough Fuel/Petro Star
Stan Stephens Glacier and Wildlife Cruises
Althea St. Martin
Tanana Valley State Fair
The Turtle Club
Ursa Major Distilling Co.