Marie Lamfrom Women of Distinction Luncheon
Thank you to all of the amazing Girl Scouts, sponsors and community supporters that joined us for the 2014 Marie Lamfrom Women of Distinction Luncheon. Thanks to your enthusiasm and support, girls in our community are leading and succeeding TODAY - and we can't wait to see what they will do in the future!
We hope you were inspired by this year's event and encourage you to share that inspiration with others!
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Congratulations to the 2014 Marie Lamfrom Women of Distinction Honorees:
The Marie Lamfrom Women of Distinction Luncheon highlights the impact of Girl Scouting in the lives of more than 17,000 girls in Oregon and SW Washington. One in three girls receives financial assistance each year, and you can help make the Girl Scout Leadership Experience available to every girl!Honorary Co-Chairs and 2013 Women of Distinction Recipients
Former Governor of Oregon Barbara Roberts and Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum.
Thank you to our 2014 sponsors!
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In honor of Marie Lamfrom
She 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.