On Sept. 27, the Girl Scouts of Maine honored three Girl Scouts in its annual Pearls of Wisdom luncheon at the University of Maine’s Wells Commons in Orono.
According to Girl Scouts of Maine, the Pearls of Wisdom event “recognizes and honors the accomplishments, leadership and vision of distinguished women and offers a forum for them to share their insights and experiences as a way to inspire others.”
Inspiration was a major part of the event.
The first recognition given at the event was to 10-year-old Samantha Moore of Milbridge with the Girl Scout Medal of Honor. Moore aided a man in her community who suffered a cardiac event, fell and hit his head and shoulder. Along with the help of two medical professionals, Samantha used her first aid and Girl Scout training in order to keep the man conscious until help arrived.
Because of her heroism, Moore was awarded the Girl Scout Medal of Honor at the Pearls of Wisdom event.
The second recognition given at the event was the Woman of Distinction award given to Pam Hurley-Moser, owner of Portland’s Hurley Travel Experts, one of the largest privately female-owned companies in the nation. Hurley-Moser spoke about her experience in Girl Scouting, including being a top cookie seller when she was a scout, and about how having a positive outlook could increase personal and professional success.
Finally, Nancy Morse Dysart from Carmel was awarded the 2012 Juliette Award. Last year’s award went to Rep. Emily Cain (D) of Orono. The Juliette award is named in honor of Girl Scouting’s founder Juliette Gordon Low, and is given to a woman who embodies the spirit and essence of Low. Low’s sense of service to her community and country, her determination to succeed in the face of obstacles, and advancing Girl Scouting’s guiding principles are fully embodied in the choice of Dysart, Girl Scouts of Maine CEO Joan McDonald said.
Dysart has served as Director of the Children’s Miracle Network from 199-2009. Before that she worked as Vice President of the University of Maine Alumni Association, as a former board member for United Cerebal Palsy, as the National Chair of the Committee on Women and Minorities for the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, as a teacher, and as the host of the nationally-syndicated children’s program “Romper Room” as Miss Nancy.
Dysart said that her drive to help others came from a variety of teachers, including her Girl Scout Leader. Without the lessons from her many “teachers”, she wouldn’t be the woman she is today, she said.