3 local ladies honored at Girl Scout breakfast

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- More than 300 people came to honor three local ladies who have all shown extraordinary leadership skills.

The annual Girl Scouts Women of Distinction breakfast brings together women of all ages and celebrates their accomplishments.

"These are the women that are making a difference,” said Cindi Graves, Regional Development Director for Girl Scouts of Colorado.

Sister Barbara Aldrich, LeAnn Zetmeir and Jeni Brown were the recipients of this year’s honor.

"I was a brownie and a girl scout,” said Sister Barbara Aldrich.

"It’s a humbling experience but it's a joyful one,” said LeAnn Zetmeir.

"This organization builds life skills for all of our young women,” said Jeni Brown.

The breakfast was held at the Two Rivers Convention Center because of the huge amount of attendees. They talked about the impact Girl Scouts make on the Western Slope.

"We have so many just amazing women in this area that we wanted to recognize,” said Graves.

Past winners select three new women every year who are outstanding it their community, narrowing it down from dozens of applicants.

“I think girl scouts gave me a wonderful start,” said Zetmeir

They say you don't have to be a former Girl Scout to be nominated, they are looking for woman who have contributed in a big way back to their community.

"Remember that you are always the hero of your own story if you truly have a passion for what you want to do go out and do it,” said Brown.

The event brought together new scouts and former ones to share stories, ask questions, and become mentors.

"To be selected is really meaningful to me…to keep being a Girl Scout, to be proud of being a woman, to step up into leadership roles to try anything that you want to try to search out mentors to do new things don't be afraid,” said Zetmeir.

They are already planning for next years breakfast. If you want to nominate someone call the Girl Scouts of Colorado at (970) 242-4461.

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