Local Girl Scouts "Take The Lead" And Honor Outstanding Women In Their Communities

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Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania (GSEP) Announce 2013 Take the Lead Honorees;
PHILADELPHIA,  Feb. 26, 2013  /PRNewswire/ -- The  Girl Scouts of Eastern
Pennsylvania  (GSEP) highlights its mission of building girls of courage,
confidence and character when Scouts "Take the Lead" to honor some of the area's
most distinguished women, whose leadership and achievements have made the world
a better place. GSEP provides Scouts the opportunity to run the annual  Take the
Lead  program from start to finish, showcasing their poise and maturity as
emerging leaders.  

"To see young Girl Scouts in action at our Take the Lead events is to be amazed
at their remarkable potential," said CEO  Natalye Paquin. "We are very blessed
to have outstanding honorees serving as role models for our young Girl Scouts,
and we are excited to recognize each of them. For more than 100 years, Girl
Scouts has been dedicated to creating supportive environments for developing
leadership skills in girls. Through programs like Take the Lead we empower this
generation of girls to reach their full potential and become dynamic leaders in
their communities and beyond."

Take the Lead  events are planned for the months of March, April and May and
represent GSEP's three primary Service Center regions:  

Philadelphia  -  March 5: Hyatt at The  Bellevue  in  Center City

* Romona Riscoe Benson  - Manager of Corporate Relations, PECO  
(Past President and CEO, African American Museum in  Philadelphia)  
* Joan Carter  - President,  UM Holdings, Ltd.
(Past and first female President, The Union League of  Philadelphia)  
* Rev. Dr.  Lorina Marshall-Blake  - President, Independence Blue Cross

Berks County  -  April 17: Sovereign Performing Arts Center

* Michelle M. Davis  - Community Volunteer  
* Crystal Gilmore-Harris  - Reading High School Cheerleading Coach, Reading
Youth Cheerleading Director at Reading School District  
* Yvonne Frey Oppenheimer  - Consultant to Non-Profit Organizations (Retired)  
* Michele Richards  - Senior Vice President, Commercial Banking, Fulton Bank

Lehigh Valley  -  May 1: Holiday Inn Conference Center,  Fogelsville

* Anne Baum  - Vice President, Lehigh Valley Capital BlueCross  
* Jane Ervin  - President & CEO, Community Services for Children, Inc.  
* Kit Hower  - Owner, Blankstone Farm Alpacas

For more information about  Take the Lead  tickets and sponsorship
opportunities, please call 215.564.2030 ext. 1036 or email  dsullivan@gsep.org. 

About Girl Scouts of  Eastern Pennsylvania
Girl Scouts of  Eastern Pennsylvania  (GSEP) is the largest girl-serving
organization in  Pennsylvania  and builds girls of courage, confidence, and
character, who make the world a better place. What was started in 1912 in 
Savannah, Georgia  by founder  Juliette Gordon Low  as one small, yet dedicated
troop of girls has grown into 2.3 million Girl Scouts across the U.S. today.
GSEP serves 41,000 girls in partnership with 15,000 volunteers in  Berks, 
Bucks,  Carbon,  Chester,  Delaware,  Lehigh,  Montgomery,  Northampton  and 
Philadelphia  counties. Today, 80 percent of women in leadership and executive
roles in the U.S. were Girl Scouts. Girl Scout alumnae comprise 70 percent of
women in the U.S. Congress. For further information about Girl Scouting, how to
join, volunteer, reconnect, or donate, call 215-564-4657 or visit  www.GSEP.org.

Follow @GirlScoutsEPenn on Twitter and like "Girl Scouts of  Eastern
Pennsylvania" on Facebook!

For more information, contact:
Jamie Bartolino
For The Girl Scouts of  Eastern Pennsylvania

SOURCE  Girl Scouts of  Eastern Pennsylvania

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