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Over the years Girl Scouts of the Desert Southwest has honored more than 300 women who have distinguished themselves through their leadership, extraordinary contributions to their community and, most importantly, by exemplifying the Girl Scout mission as women of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. We hold two ceremonies each year in our council: one to honor women in Southern New Mexico, and one for women in the Permian Basin area of West Texas.

The proceeds from these events allow Girl Scouts of the Desert Southwest to provide scholarships, the Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE), enhance our four priority program areas: Financial Literacy, Healthy Living, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), and Outdoor Leadership, and support various Girl Scout activities and programs for Girl Scouts throughout Southern New Mexico and West Texas.

30th Annual Women of Distinction Celebration
West Texas

Saturday, August 13, 2022
Petroleum Club of Midland
6:00PM - 11:00PM

 

Meet the Honorees

Cathy Eastham

Cathy Eastham began her business, Cathy Eastham Fine Jewelry, in 1981. Cathy hasn’t forgotten she started her business from the ground up and is proud to be a first-generation jeweler. Her passion for fine jewelry and customer service has led her to be considered in the top 1% of jewelers across the country.

As Cathy’s business grew in Midland, her inventory blossomed as did her education and community standing. She did the requisite GIA classes and recently her store was accredited by the highly ethical American Gem Society (AGS).

Cathy has a reputation as a fine jeweler and generous giver of her time, energy, and donations to local charities. Cathy supports over 40 nonprofits and is well known in the community of Midland.  Cathy loves giving her customers a chance to shop for exclusive one-of-a-kind pieces and to have the opportunity to meet the designers themselves.

Cathy also gives back to her community through serving on the Board of Directors for the Museum of the Southwest, Board of Governors for Permian Basin Area Foundation, Board of Governors for Manor Park, and is past chairman and current Board of Governors for High Sky Children’s Ranch.

Kathleen Kirwan-Haynie

Kathleen Kirwan-Haynie is a native Midlander and earned her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Texas Tech University and Master’s degree in Education and Leadership. Kathleen is also a graduate of Leadership Odessa and The Non Profit Executive Leadership Certification program.

Kathleen is the Executive Director of Senior Life Midland.  She has dedicated her career to improving the quality of life for disadvantaged people. She is a champion for the senior population and helped establish the Dementia Friendly Midland initiative, served on The Congressional Alzheimer’s Team West Texas Chapter and currently is a board member of Meals on Wheels Texas and is also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 19. 

Kathleen is a fierce advocate for diversity, special needs, veterans and elderly causes. In 2019, Kirwan- Haynie attended the National Alzheimer’s Forum in Washington DC where her Permian Basin team was named Alzheimer’s Congressional Team of the Year for their hard work and advocacy efforts.  Most recently, Ms. Kirwan- Haynie was successful in passing Daniel’s Law (in memory of her late brother) a Texas state law making it illegal to discriminate against special needs individuals when it comes to organ transplants.  Kathleen is a new advocate for National Down Syndrome Society and is thrilled to continue advocacy efforts through many arenas. 

Kathleen is married to Scott and has three children: Hunter, Christian and Grace, and she is most proud that all of her family takes part in advocating and volunteering.

Elaine Magruder

Elaine Magruder is a member of a fourth-generation ranching family in West Texas.  Both parents  were her teachers and role models for giving back and contributing to the community . Mr. Magruder served as Mayor of Midland and was involved in many organizations. To honor the Magruder family’s legacy of giving, Elaine started on her own journey of caring for others and her community through her church, mission work, in leadership positions with multiple nonprofit organizations and as the founder of the I-20 Wildlife Preserve. She was a board member of the United Way, Hospice of Midland, Manor Park, Trinity School, and Trinity Episcopal Church, to name a few. She is a sustaining member of the Junior League of Midland.

Elaine currently serves on the board of the Abell-Hanger Foundation and the Texan By Nature board of directors.  The Texan By Nature was founded by Laura Bush, to conserve the natural resources in our state.  Both ladies share a passion for restorative projects and the stewardship for Texas lands.  Elaine’s passion continues as she is actively involved with the I20 Wildlife Preserves and shares that caring heart with her church and many friends and family members.

In First Lady Laura Bush’s book, “Spoken From the Heart”, she wrote about her dear friend, Elaine Magruder, who along with members of her church brought Hospice to Midland in 1980 and later helped start Hospice in Vietnam.  Elaine’s legacy of giving is embedded in her heart as she was a special caregiver for the First Lady’s mother, Jenna Welch, during the time she resided at Manor Park.  The I-20 Wildlife Preserves ‘ Master Plan includes a Jenna Welch Nature Study Center to honor Mrs. Welch who helped maintain the preserves and was an avid bird watcher.  

Judy Rankin

Judy Rankin is an LGPA Hall of Fame golfer and golf broadcaster.  She joined the LPGA Tour in 1962 at age 17 and won 26 tour events.  Since 2010, Rankin has served as the lead analyst for LPGA Tour telecasts on the Golf Channel.

Judy knew her passion and worked hard to achieve the highest of honors with her skills.  She won her first amateur at age 14. She also had the lowest amateur score at the U.S. Women’s Open and was on the cover of Sports Illustrated at the age of 16. She turned pro the following year.

She learned to introduce new methods and ideas as she improved her game of golf. Equipment changed over the years and with each new change, Judy adapted to new ways to improve. Her first LPGA tour win came in 1968. She was the first to win over $100,000 in a season on the LPGA tour. Judy won the LPGA Player of the Year twice and won the Vare Trophy for the lowest scoring average three times. 

She retired from golf at age 38, and moved into the world of broadcasting becoming a golf commentator for ESPN and ABC.  She became the lead LPGA analyst for the Golf Channel, and a professional advisor for the magazines Golf Digest and Golf for Women.

Judy married Yippy Rankin in 1967. They lived in Midland, Texas, and have a son, Walter.  Judy returns to Midland to help with fundraisers for her foundation The JTR Suitcase Fund that helps cover costs for girls aged 10 – 18 to play the game of golf.

Past Honorees

1992

1992

Allison Garvin
Alma Bird
Ann Bradford
Anne Josefy
Astrid Nunez
Barbara Bingham
Barbara Clarke
Barbara Ransbottom
Barbara Richerson
Beth Carr
Beth Larned
Betty Ann Prentice
Betty Jo Morgan
Bridget Jarrett
Carol Ann Hunt
Carol Gregg
Carol Orem
Carolyn Hooper
Cathy Womack McKelvain
Charlotte Slack
Christy Reed
Clara King
Doris Howbert
Dorothy Smith
Dr. Anne Acreman
Dr. Sue Bradley
Geriann Green
Gloria Holder
Holly Ann Siddall
Irene Rivera-White
Jackie Hamlton
Jane Carrens Samples
Jane Cosby
Janie Howell
Janna Fulfer
Joan Johnson
JoAnn Viney
Joy Scott
Joyce Thompson
Judy Hayes
Julie Kupper
Kathlyn Dunagan
Kathy Hendrick
Kathy McIntyre
Katie Heck
Kitty Bristow
Kristin Sayre
Lauretta Adams
Lily Tercero
Lois Nell Carpenter
Lorraine Perryman
Lydia Torres
Lynn Leever Bromley
Margie Titus
Maria Mata
Marian Jones
Mary Alice Ramos
Mary Beck
Mary Katherine Friskics-Warren
Mary Wynn Hinkle
Merita Hart
Michelle Hayes
Myra Harvey
Narita Holmes
Natalie Rothstein
Pat Hunter
Patrice Allen
Peggy Caddell
Penny Angelo
Renee’ Earls
Ruth Allbright
Sally Steward
Schatzie Tighe
Shelly Unger
Sherry Bell
Sonya Haynie
Sue Roberts
Sue Wood
Sunnye Dinger
Susan Tighe Litherland
Suzanne Bobo
Viirginia Conner

1993 - 1995

1993

 Mary Jane Young
Carol Siddall
Charlene Romero Wurtz
Charlotte Allen
Fredi Franki
Golda McGuire
Jo Miller
Margaret Purvis
Mary O’Hearne
Nancy Dye
Stefanie Goebel

1994

Anne Carroll
Betsy Triplett-Hurt
Carol Hall
Carole Causey
Cindi Wiehle
Dr. Carolyn Rhode
Dr. Sue Blair
Jo Ann Davenport
Joyce Wilson
Julia Doris
Mary Lou Cassidy
Nellie Torres
Ray Ann Zant

1995

Barbara Greene
Bernice Wells
Beverly Muire
Bonita Baker
Cathy Herzog
Doris Schiller
Gloria Grissom
Jan Havens
Jane Park
Joanne Langston
Jody Tayrien
Lael Cordes-Pitts
Lee Harris
Mari Willis
Peggy Kelton
Sarah Lew Grimes
Sue Craig

1996 - 1999

1996

D’Ette Fowlkes
Dr. Donna Williams
Elizabeth Stottlemyre
Jan Donnelly O’Neill
Jane Wiant
Janis Hall Buxton
Jayne Krawietz
Laurie Stevens
LuAnn Elliott
Martha Ramos
Maxine Hannifin
Pam Hicks
Patricia Alexander Maurer
Ruth Wyche
Sharon Agnew
Sue Mahood
Thelma Cummins

1997

Anne Mackey
Avis Faulk
Barbara Clack
Bernadine Spears
Bettye Jo Daniel Stricklin
Camille Doss
Carol Dunagan Husbands
Carolyn Tripp
Cherie Hensley
Cheryl Gomez
Cindy Tochterman
Dr. Fane Downs
Gayle Hill
Jane Meredith Wolf
Janette Bowers
Joan Webb
Joyce Zapp
Karen McCord
Linda Goddard
Lu Anna  Stephens
Margaret Rhea
Marjanna Russell
Patti Groce
Sally Kvasnicka
Shari Shackelford
Shurah Elizabeth Smith
Susan Hammons

1998

Barbara Davis
Carla Bryant
Charlotte Hunter
Dana Carole
Edna Brown Hibbitts
Kathy Ard
Lee Lentz
Lucy Mullen Davis
Margaret Cowden
Margaret Wyn
Marilyn Hanson
Mary de Compiegne
Melissa Hendrix
Nancy Anguish
Petra Tucker
Sandra Clack
Sandy Tisdale
Shelley Barker
Tammy Hawkins
Tana Roberson

1999

Alice Park
Alma Guerrero
Brooke Wiseman
Carolyn Fears
Debra Osborne Thomas
Donna Adams
Dr. Deana Savage
Elsie Hugly
Iris Correa
Iris Foster
Janet Frizell Kopec
Joan Baron Lamkin
Joan Baskin
Laura W. Bush
Linda Foster
Margaret Kerley
Mary Kaye Moore
Mary Lucille LaQuey

2000 - 2005

2000

Ava Jane Fuller
Connie Nichols
Elise Kail
Marcia Cleaver
Mary Lou Thompson
Peggy Dean
Phoebe Campbell
Rachel Dobbs
Susan Fulfer

2001

Cora McFadden
Delma Abalos
Denise Burns
Dr. Margaret Price
Lois Folger
Lynn Buxkemper
Martha Cooper
Mary Beth Anton
Pamela Hamm
Susie Hitchcock-Hall
Suzie Boyd
Virginia Chisum

2002

Alma Thompson
Alynda Best
Dr. Margaret Wade
Dr. Sherrie Lang
Jane Hext
Juanita Silva
Leslie Harman
LuAnn Morgan
Marilyn Bassinger
Nancy Poage
Phyllis Stine
Susan Rogers

2003

Audrey Curry
Becky Baskin Ferguson
Debra Solari
Dephane Tabor
Ellen House
Gay Fields
Janet’ Sloan
Kathryn Graybill
Nelda Guerra
Sherry Phillips
Susan Rutherford
Vicki Jay

2004

Cendy Antley
Dr. Debbie Reese
Frances Walker  
Gayle Dodson
Paula Ahders
Trina Moralez
Winifred Walker-Wagner

2005

Carla Smith
Eileen Piwetz
June Guess
Karen Nicholson
Lisa Crenshaw- Estes
Lucinda Hurlbut
Tana DeGraffenreid

2006 - 2010

2006

Amy Hendrick
Bunny Petrosky
Debbie McReynolds
Joann Foster
Josefina Hooker
Pat Long Weaver
Teresa Floyd

2007

Beverly Pevehouse
Brenda Denton
Carole Lucas
Denise Perkins
Donette Marble
Karen Johnson
Mary Clare Spear
Nonita Brown
Virginia Garza

2008

Anabel Spencer
Chachi Hawkins
Debra Westmoreland
Edna Hibbitts Wright
Grace King
Jane Brite White
Karen Fullen
Linda Terrell
Rebecca Bell

2009

Diana Browning
Kay Bivens
Kristi Hyatt
Sharon Heidelberg
Sondra Eoff
Teresa Clingman
Terri Spence
Vicky Hailey

2010

Ann Parish
Barbara Creager
Frances Casstevens
Lori White
Mary E. Thompson
Mary Jane Morgan
Robin Darr
Sharon Hatten
Stephanie Rivas

2011 - 2015

2011

D’Ann Foster Green
Feliz Abalos
Gene Kayser Jones
Jacqui Gore
Laurie Johnson
Maridell Fryar
Marj Carpenter
Rosalind Redfern Grover
Sandra Staley

2012

Brenda Kay Clark
Courtney Wardlaw
Gloria May
J’Nevelyn Melton
Patty Smith
Rev. Cheryl Homsher
Tatum Hubbard
Wanda Campbell

2013

Betty Nobles Starnes
Elizabeth Rogers
Faye Rodriguez
Kathy Swindler
Martha Kallus
Stacey Gerig
Sue Solari
Susie Evans

2014

Cathy McKelvain
Cindy Shelton
Elizabeth “Liz” Jackson
Kathy Hassell
Marilyn Harrison
Nickie Opperman
Robin Self
Sarah Lauritzen
Sue Roseberry

2015

Beth Francell
Beverly Alstrin
Elizabeth Leonard
Julie Marshall
Karmen Bryant
Kathryn Shelley
Lisa Sutton-Housman
Lynn Van Amburgh
Toni Lindley

2016 - 2019

2016

Alice Friedline
Cookie Wetendorf
Darlene Mays
Julie Cree
Katherine Curry
Laura Roman
Margaret Jones
Paula Henry
Paula Loftin-Hill
Vicki Rice

2017

Davina Hosick
Dianne Williams
Jami Turner
Katy Morrow
Patricia Stanley
Victoria Printz

2018

Anita Gamertsfelder
Christa Ray Callicoate
Debbie Donaldson
Emily Baker
Gene Johnson
Laura Sales
Lori Nelson
Mary Baker
Mary Moore Barham
Susan Palmer

2019

Alice Duerksen
Brooke Hendricks
Christine Foreman
Kristi Edwards
Lynda James
Sara Kate Billingsley
Tammy Stalcup
Teresa Burnett
Travis Woodward

2021

2021

Libby Campbell
Sharla Hotchkiss
Shelby Landgraf
Susan Spratlen

 

2022 Women of Distinction Sponsors

Platinum Sponsor

Gold Sponsor

 

Rosalind Redfern Grover

 

Silver Sponsor

 

Elaine Magruder

 

Bronze Sponsor

Friends Sponsor