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Girl Scouts to Recognize Outstanding Leaders

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Girl Scouts of Central Indiana will recognize several influential Hoosiers during the annual Indiana Lieutenant Governor's Leadership Luncheon in November. Honorees include a former First Lady of Indiana and a well-known religious leader.

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May 9, 2013

News Release

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Girl Scouts of Central Indiana will present the Indiana Lt. Governor's Leadership Luncheon on Tuesday, November 12, from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Indiana Roof Ballroom. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. The event will honor Elaine Bedel, CFP, president and owner, Bedel Financial Consulting, Inc.; Judy O'Bannon, chairman of The O'Bannon Publishing Company and former first lady of the State of Indiana; Shanel Poole, executive director / founder, GLAM Inc.; and Rabbi Sandy Eisenberg Sasso, spiritual leader, Congregation Beth-El Zedeck.

"We are delighted to honor these four outstanding women," said Deborah Hearn Smith, chief executive officer. "They each exemplify the values that Girl Scouts instills in girls' lives that build leaders in all fields."

Past honorees include: Judge Sarah Evans Barker, Angela Brown, Dr. Virginia Caine, Tamika Catchings, Dr. France CÚrdova, Alecia DeCoudreaux, Lin Dunn, Marianne Glick, Dr. Jo Ann Gora, Dr. Rose Mays, Allison Melangton, Ann Murtlow, Tanya Stuart Overdorf, Dr. Beverley Pitts, Judge Tanya Walton Pratt, Sallie Rowland, Anne Ryder, Yvonne Shaheen and Tamara Zahn. Last year's Indiana Lt. Governor's Leadership Luncheon raised more than $244,000.

"The funds raised at the luncheon will help us achieve our mission of teaching leadership skills by building courage, confidence, and character in our girls. We will be better able to provide girls with caring adults to help guide their way," said luncheon committee chair Marianne Glick. "I am committed to make this event even more meaningful and helpful in reaching our goals so that our girls will benefit from our endeavors."

Table sponsorships are available for $2,500 and include seating for 10 people. For more information, contact Karen Schuman, chief development officer, at 317-924-6852 or kschuman@girlscoutsindiana.org or visit girlscoutsindiana.org. The Indiana Lt. Governorís Leadership Luncheon is presented by BMO Harris Bank, Citizens Energy Group, Glick Family Foundation, and St. Vincentís Health.

About the honorees

Elaine Bedel, CFP, is the president and founder of Bedel Financial Consulting, Inc., a fee-only wealth management firm that celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2013. Community and professional awards received recently by Bedel include: 2013 Inductee into the Business Hall of Fame by Junior Achievement of Central Indiana; recognized as a "Top 25 Women-Owned RIAs in the Country" by Wealthmanagement.com in 2012; named by the Indianapolis Business Journal to Indianapolis' Top Financial Planning Firms in January 2013; and recipient of the Torchbearer Award by the Indiana Commission for Women in 2011. She is also an author, speaker, and frequent financial expert on television and radio news and talk shows. She has been involved in the financial industry for more than 35 years. Bedel serves on the Executive Committee of the Hanover College board of trustees; vice-chair ofthe Women's Fund of Central Indiana advisory board; chairperson of the board for Goodwill Industries Foundation; member of the board of visitors for the Butler University School of Business; and member of the board of trustees for the WFYI Foundation.

Judy O'Bannon has spent much of her life supporting and promoting efforts to strengthen communities in Indiana and around the world. She actively speaks and writes on issues facing society today and leads humanitarian missions abroad. O'Bannon is chairman of The O'Bannon Publishing Company, which publishes the award winning Corydon Democrat and Clarion newspapers, and a regular host of WFYI television series. As First Lady of Indiana (1997 - 2003), O'Bannon used her role to promote civic engagement across Indiana. She served on the Community Revitalization Committee as a trustee of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and served for several years on the executive board of directors of the Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana. She is a trustee of the Indiana State Museum and co-founded Partners in Politics, a support and information group for family members of public officeholders.

This summer Rabbi Sandy Eisenberg Sasso will become Rabbi Emerita of Congregation Beth-El Zedeck, which she has served as spiritual leader since 1977. Sasso has been active in the arts, civic and interfaith communities of Indianapolis and beyond. She serves on the board of advisors of Indiana University Purdue University at Indianapolis, the executive committee of Talent Alliance, the Lake Family Institute of Faith and Giving, and the board of directors of the Julian Center. She will soon become director of Religion and the Arts Seminars at Butler University in partnership with Christina Theological Seminary. Sasso has been honored as one of the "Influential Women in Indiana" by the Indianapolis Business Journal, was featured among "Indy's Most Influential Clergy" by NUVO News Weekly, and is a recipient of the Sagamore of the Wabash. Sasso received the Spirit of the Prairie Award from Conner Prairie Interactive History Park, and in 2012, was honored with the Touchstone Award from Girls, Inc. Sasso has written and lectured on women and spirituality, and the discovery of the religious imagination in children. She is the author of several nationally acclaimed children's books and a regular newspaper columnist.

Shanel Poole grew up in a household where her father suffered from alcoholism. She was a bright, but rebellious teenager, and was thrown out of her parents' house at age 16. Poole was expelled from an alternative school, later incarcerated and wound up living in her car by age 18. She persevered and obtained a G.E.D. and earned a bachelorís degree from Indiana State University. While at Indiana State, Poole used the little money she had to establish G.L.A.M. (Guidance, Life-skills and Mentoring), a program serving 9-18 year old at-risk girls, during her sophomore year of college. Poole delivers the G.L.A.M. program to girls at Indianapolis Public Schools and is a frequent workshop facilitator. She was the Indianapolis Professional Associations 2012 honoree, Indiana Government Civil Rights Commission 2013 Freedom award recipient, and 2013 Torchbearer Award "Young Women of Promise Award" recipient.

About Girl Scouts

Girl Scouts of Central Indiana serves more than 40,000 girls in 45 counties across central Indiana. Founded in 1912, Girl Scouts of the USA is the preeminent leadership development organization for girls with more than 3 million girl and adult members. Girl Scouts is the leading authority on girls' healthy development, and builds girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. The organization serves girls from every corner of the United States and its territories. Girl Scouts of the USA also serves American girls and their classmates attending American or international schools overseas in 90 countries. If youíd like to join, volunteer, or donate to Girl Scouts, visit girlscoutsindiana.org.

Source: Girl Scouts of Central Indiana

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