Girl Scouts—Diamonds of Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas honored 10 exceptional women for their service to their communities at Reflections: 100 Years of Honoring Women on Saturday, April 14 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Little Rock. Sandy Edwards, current Deputy Director of Museum Relations for Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, and Bette Mathews, lifelong Girl Scout and former president of the NOARK Girl Scout Council, were honored with eight other Women of Impact that evening. The other honorees were Kathy Allen, Dr. Cornelia Beck, Dr. Faye W. Cox, Dr. Sybil Jordan Hampton, Judy R. McReynolds, Ginny Shell, Sue Trulock, and Euba May Harris Winton. Cynthia Nance was the Mistress of Ceremonies and Dr. Robyn Silverman was the night’s keynote speaker.
The Women of Impact were praised for their talent, achievement, imagination and community spirit throughout the evening. The honorees were chosen based on their contributions to the community, both professionally and personally, as well as the example they set for Girl Scouts and all young women.
A VIP reception for the Women of Impact was hosted at the home of Daniel and Tiffany Robinson prior to the dinner event at the Embassy Suites. The evening featured historical displays celebrating 100 years of Girl Scouts and Oral History videos created by Girl Scouts from around the Diamonds council. Musical entertainment was provided by the UCA String Quartet. Dr. Robyn Silverman’s keynote examined the heartbreaking weight obsession girls must cope with and how even those closest to these girls can inadvertently be body bullies. Based on her popular book Good Girls Don’t Get Fat, Dr. Silverman discussed how the media makes girls feel and think about themselves and their bodies. Through engaging storytelling, powerful statistics, and illustrative video clips, Dr. Silverman covered the problem, the consequences, and what we can all do to make important changes that can help girls thrive.
Proceeds will go toward leadership development programs including events, camps, and scholarships for girls, and the council’s Second Century Endowment fund.