Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois will honor ten local Girl Scouts who have earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout can earn, at the organization’s annual Young Women of Distinction event. The girls will be recognized for their leadership and development of Take Action projects throughout their communities on Sunday, June 9, at Pipers Banquets, 1295 Butterfield Rd., in Aurora. Registration and social hour begin at 12:30 P.M. with a luncheon program following at 1 P.M. Girls selected to receive Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois Scholarships will also be honored.
Keynote speaker for the event is Kristin Bien. Bien is the Saturday morning anchor and reporter at WSBT-TV in South Bend, Indiana. She was also a Girl Scout and is a former Gold Award recipient, earning her award in 2001. During more than a decade in Girl Scouts, Bien participated in community service, organized food drives, led flag etiquette workshops, and volunteered in shelters for victims of domestic violence, the homeless, and individuals with mental disabilities. Kristin continues volunteering today through SouthernCare Hospice and Big Brothers Big Sisters.