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Speece Co-Chairs Woman of Distinction Award Dinner

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Dr. Susan Phillips Speece, Chancellor of Penn State Berks, is an honorary co-chair of the 2009 Women of Distinction Award Dinner, held by the Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania on Tuesday, March 10 at 6:00 p.m. at the Reading Crowne Hotel. Speece was an honoree at the 2003 Women of Distinction Award Dinner.

This year's honorees include Frances "Franki" Aitken, Senior Vice President of Finance and Operations, Berks County Community Foundation; Kathy Herbein, Community Volunteer; Ellen Horan, President and CEO, Greater Reading Chamber of Commerce and Industry; Dr. Olubunmi Ojikutu, Pediatrician, The Reading Hospital and Medical Center; and  Anne Stevens, Chairman, President, and CEO, Carpenter Technology Corporation.
 
Area corporations, community organizations, and individuals nominated the award winners, and prior award winners served as the selection committee. Each of the women was chosen for her outstanding professional achievements and for serving as an exemplary role model for today's young girls and women.

The Women of Distinction award program is a national Girl Scout program that is conducted on a regional level by Girl Scouts councils across the country. The program is designed to offer mentoring opportunities for teenage Girl Scouts, acknowledge contributions local women have made to their various career fields, and provide financial support for Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania programs.

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