The Girl Scout Council of the Nation's Capital is proud to announce the 2012 Women of Distinction. Three outstanding women from the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia were selected to receive the prestigious award based on distinguished service, excellent leadership and capacity to serve as role models for girls.
"We received nominations from individuals, community leaders, business owners and the government sector. The honorees were selected by an independent committee comprised of former Awardees, unaffiliated with Girl Scouts," said Berniece Collis, member of the Girl Scout Council Board of Directors. "Once again, we have an impressive group of honorees who are leaders in their professions, dedicated to the well being of their communities and committed to preparing girls for leadership roles."
The 2012 Women of Distinction are:
Leslie Crabill, vice president & trust officer, program manager for BCT Investments
BCT, the Bank of Charles Town. Crabill built a professional career as a financial advisor and is currently the vice president and trust officer as well as the program manager for BCT. She has dedicated her time and talents to many important causes in the Panhandle region. As fundraising chairperson for CASA of the Eastern Panhandle, she earned a reputation for planning unique and successful events; for example, the migrating flock of pink flamingo lawn ornaments that raised money and awareness for abused and neglected children.
Crabill, who volunteers for the United Way of the Eastern Panhandle's Day of Caring, is also on the Community Solutions Council and Campaign Committee, the March of Dimes Star Chefs Auction Committee and is a member of the Junior Civic League where she has been engaged in the Coats for Kids program, Heartland Nursing Home, Meals on Wheels and Easter Basket program for kids. She is a technical advisor for the Eastern West Virginia Community Foundation and is an active member of the Martinsburg Rotary. A Berkeley County native, she is a graduate of West Virginia University.
Ora Dixon, biologist/training specialist/course leader with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Conservation Training Center. Dixon is a role model and leader in her professional field, earning national and international recognition for her research contributions in Microbiology. A lifetime Girl Scout, she continues to make a positive impact on her community and currently serves as a member of the Eastern Panhandle Federal Executive Association.
She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., a member of the Harpers Ferry Job Corps Community Relations Council and a member of the Staff Pastor Relations Committee at Asbury United Methodist Church in Shepherdstown. Ora is a graduate of Leadership Jefferson and holds membership in Friends of the National Conservation Training Center. She is also a Certified Master Naturalist, volunteering her time with the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources and the local Chapter of the Potomac Valley Audubon Society.
A resident of Jefferson County, Duxib holds a Master of Science degree in Strategic Leadership from Mountain State University, a Master of Art degree in Communication Studies, a certification in Corporate and Organizational Communication from West Virginia University and a BS in Microbiology from Southern University, Baton Rouge, La.
Stacy Dugan, dietitian at War Memorial Hospital, Valley Health Systems. Dugan's passion for healthcare was inspired by her grandmother, Arizona, who showed her around the kitchen as well as teaching her loving lessons of hard work, respect for your neighbor and giving back to the community. Stacy is a registered dietitian for Valley Health Systems and owns her own catering business. She is a Morgan County Commissioner and president of the County Commission, the third woman elected to the Commission. Transparency and managerial efficiency are the hallmark of her leadership style along with a commitment to being accessible to the public. She volunteers with the Morgan County Rescue Auxiliary, working in the Thrift Shop which raises thousands of dollars annually.
A Morgan County resident, Dugan is active in Word of Deliverance Church. She earned an Associates degree in Dietetic Food Systems Management from Penn State and a B.S. in Coordinated Dietetics from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.
Girl Scouts thanks the following sponsors: BB&T, BCT- Bank of Charles Town, Minghini's General Contractors, Inc., Randy Smith and Trak Companies for their generosity. Raffle tickets are available for the Christian Caine pearls. Sponsorship opportunities are still available for businesses and individuals at the following levels: Gold - $10,000; Silver - $5,000; Leadership - $3,000; Courage - $1,500; Confidence - $750; and Character - $350. For more information and to become a sponsor, contact Sharon Gleason at the Girl Scout office at 202-274-3330.
This year, the net proceeds from the Women of Distinction event will go towards improvements to Girl Scout Camp White Rock, located in Hampshire County. The camp is located on the banks of the Capon River, 130 acres with lodges, glen shelter, platform tent, and primitive units. There are hiking trails, a sports field with a basketball court, a sand pit volleyball court, archery range, a low ropes course and boat access.
The Women of Distinction luncheon will be held Wednesday, Sept. 26, at 11:30 a.m. at the Holiday Inn in Martinsburg.
Nominations for the 2013 Women of Distinction are being accepted. Girl Scouts encourages the public to nominate a woman for the 2013 Women of Distinction by contacting Pam Allen at WOD@gscnc.org.