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Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania celebrates leadership in Erie


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Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania (GSWPA) honored outstanding service and leadership to the Erie community at the annual Awards of Distinction luncheon on Wednesday, September 23 at the Ambassador Banquet & Conference Center.

GSWPA’s Awards of Distinction recognize a local female leader, impressive Girl Scout troop and a community-champion organization.  Proceeds of this event support Girl Scouts’ mission to develop courage, confidence and character in girls and to inspire the next generation of young women to become the leaders of tomorrow.

Karen S. Seggi was named the 2015 Woman of Distinction award. She is the executive director of the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest Pennsylvania, the largest nonprofit food distribution organization in the region. The agency serves 442 partner organizations in 11 counties.   

Seggi is a board member of Feeding Pennsylvania and serves as President of Hunger Free Pennsylvania, two statewide anti-hunger organizations. She is also a member of the Emergency Food and Shelter Board in Erie and Clarion Counties. 

A former Girl Scout Troop Leader, Seggi led her daughter’s troop at Robison Elementary for three years.

GSWPA presented the Erie Times-News as this year’s Organization of Distinction Award. 

The Erie Times-News has been a consistent partner of GSWPA through financial support, event sponsorship, media partnership, and by continuously selecting Girl Scouts as one of the benefitting charities of the Her Times 5K.

In addition to not only providing quality news and information to the Erie community, the Erie Times-News also focuses on the issues that are most important to women in the region through Her Times magazine. 

In recognition of their dedication to community service, Troop 30539 from Erie was selected as the 2015 Troop of Distinction. Led by Anji Tomlin, the troop’s members include Brianna Arndt, Amber Carr, Aija Greer, Cassidy Hopkins, Kylie Johnston, Corrinne Keats, Ashley Lindenberger, Nicarra Mcfarland, and Samantha Tomlin.

Colleen Stumpf, an attorney with the Quinn Law Firm, serves as the 2015 Honorary Chair of the event’s planning committee, which is comprised of Girl Scout champions:

  • Kristi Bailey, Erie Federal Credit Union
  • Bethany Brun, Mercyhurst University
  • Jody Farrell, Tungsten Creative
  • Colleen Moore Mezler, Moore Research Services