Women of Distinction recognizes outstanding women leaders

Marie Lamfrom Women of Distinction Luncheon

Presented by WELLS FARGO

Thank you to the 450 sponsors and community supporters who made the 2014 Marie Lamfrom Women of Distinction Luncheon, held September 18, 2014 at the Sentinel in Portland, a success. Your generosity makes Girl Scouting possible!

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2014 Honorees: Barbara Alberty & Mary Shaver 

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2013 Honorees: Governor Barbara Roberts & Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum

PLEASE SAVE THE DATE: September 16, 2015

The Marie Lamfrom Women of Distinction Luncheon recognizes outstanding women leaders for their contributions to the community. Honorees exemplify the Girl Scout mission as women of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.

Luncheon proceeds allow GSOSW to provide 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 nearly 15,000 girls throughout Oregon and SW Washington.

For more information or to assist in planning or sponsoring the 2015 luncheon, please contact Shannon Spencer at 503-977-6843 or sspencer@girlscoutsosw.org.

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In honor of Marie Lamfrom
Marie Lamfrom served in World War I as a nurse, working on the Russian front at the age of 18. At the end of the war, she returned home to Germany and married Paul, then had three daughters. As the Nazis rose to power, Marie and her family fled to Portland, Oregon. They purchased a small hat company, which later grew to become Columbia Sportswear.

Marie (fondly known as “Bluebird”) was involved in Girl Scouts for over 44 years as a troop leader, board member and delegate to the national convention. She is lovingly remembered for her 20-year commitment to her Girl Scout troop at the Shriners Hospital for Children. She held an annual barbecue in the parking lot, and all the children attended, even wheeled down in their beds.

Perhaps her greatest legacy is the founding of a similar troop at Providence Hospital, a troop that continues today with 28 members. All the Girl Scouts are medically fragile, but--just as with Marie's Shriners troop--they give back to their community by preparing and serving meals to the elderly.

Marie Lamfrom inspired countless young women. Girl Scouts is better because of her dedication, compassion, energy and commitment. Her long, rich legacy of Girl Scouting is now in its fourth generation.