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Girl Scouts—Arizona Cactus-Pine Council held the 5th annual luncheon, now known as the Women of Distinction Luncheon, in Flagstaff on September 12. This was the first year GSACPC honored a local female leader from Northern Arizona at the event.

Recognized was Patrice Hortsman, a well-known Flagstaff community member and alum who is widely revered for her professional work, her commitment to Girl Scouts and her dedication to the city of Flagstaff.

The luncheon attracted a variety of cross-sector leaders with over 120 people in attendance including Mayor Coral Evans, NAU President Rita Cheng, and County Supervisor Liz Archuleta and included a special reading of the Girl Scout Promise and Law and a recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance by Girl Scouts Peyton and Madyson Van Hemert. The organization offers special thanks to both its Gold Sponsors, The NARBHA Institute and Senstech and its Silver Sponsor, Northern Arizona University, for their generous support. They would also like to thank other sponsors and table hosts for their kind support.

Patrice’s keynote speech was filled with reflections on her Girl Scout experience and how it impacted and shaped her into the leader she is today, she shared, “… when we all live the Girl Scout Promise and Law then we do create a better world. A world where women can be astronauts. A world where sisters can paddle their own canoe. And where girls and woman can have fun. Because that’s what Girl Scouts do!” She said. 

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