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Announcing the 2016 Marie Lamfrom Women of Distinction: Sally Bany and Dr. Judith A. Ramaley


Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington (GSOSW) will honor two exceptional, pioneering women for their distinguished service, excellence in leadership and important contributions as role models for girls.

Sally Bany and Dr. Judith A. Ramaley, both Girl Scout alumnae, will receive the 2016 Marie Lamfrom Women of Distinction Award at a special luncheon Wednesday, September 14, at the Portland Hilton Hotel.

Sally Bany began her career with Columbia Sportswear and operated its retail division. She continues to serve on its board of directors. She and her husband Dave own Moonstruck Chocolate Company. They co-founded two non-profits: Youth Music Project, which provides music education for youth; and World of Speed Museum, which features motorsports culture and teaches young people about opportunities available in the auto industry. The Banys also founded the Marie Lamfrom Charitable Foundation to honor Sally’s grandmother, a Girl Scout troop leader for over 35 years at Shriners Hospital. The primary granting focus is to improve the lives of children.

Dr. Judith A. Ramaley is President Emerita and Distinguished Professor of Public Service at Portland State University in the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government. In addition to serving as president of Portland State University, she has served as president of Winona State University in Minnesota and the University of Vermont. While at the National Science Foundation, she held a presidential professorship in biomedical sciences at the University of Maine. Dr. Ramaley served as a member of the Girl Scouts of the USA Board of Directors and was a Girl Scout herself in her youth.

Marie Lamfrom served as a troop leader for a special needs troop in Portland for 35 years. She served on the Girl Scout council’s board of directors and received the highest award a Girl Scout adult can receive, the Thanks Badge. Lamfrom co-founded the company that would become Columbia Sportswear. Named in her honor, the Marie Lamfrom Women of Distinction Award celebrates women who have demonstrated distinguished service, excellent leadership and capacity to serve as role models for girls.

The Marie Lamfrom Women of Distinction Luncheon will be held Wednesday, September 14, 2016, at the Portland Hilton Hotel at 921 SW 6th Ave. For more information about sponsorship opportunities or to reserve your seat, visit or call Shannon Spencer at 503-977-6843.­