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Four Extraordinary New Haven Women Honored at Girl Scouts of Connecticut's Women of Achievement Event

April 9, 2012

Four exceptional women from the greater New Haven area were honored on April 6 at Girl Scouts of Connecticut’s Women of Achievement Event. The honorees were recognized for their outstanding accomplishments and commitment to the community.

The four honorees were:

•    Stephanie Barnes, Executive Director, Boys & Girls Club of New Haven

•    Francis T. “Bitsie” Clark, Executive Director, East Rock Village

•    Claire Criscuolo, Founder, Claire’s Corner Copia

•    Tricia Lin, Director, Women’s Studies, Southern Connecticut State University

U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal was in attendance to congratulate the honorees and present them with citations from his office.

"The Girl Scouts of Connecticut are indispensable in helping young women develop character and leadership skills that better their local communities,” Senator Blumenthal said. “It was inspiring to be a part of the Women of Achievement Breakfast honoring women who truly exemplify that character and leadership. I look forward to continuing to support the Girl Scouts of Connecticut and wish them well for another 100 years of service.”

State Representative Gary Holder-Winfield (D-94, New Haven) was also in attendance to celebrate the achievements of the four honorees.

“It was an incredible morning as we celebrated the accomplishments of these four extraordinary women,” said Jennifer Smith Turner, Girl Scouts of Connecticut CEO. “They are outstanding leaders with strong community ties within the greater New Haven area. They are inspiring role models for Girl Scouts across the state.”

Sponsored by Webster Bank, QSP/Ashdon Farms, and Yale-New Haven Hospital, the Women of Achievement event impacts nearly 10,000 girls in the Greater New Haven community who benefit from the Girl Scouting leadership and learning experience every year. Regardless of whether or not their families can afford it, girls participate in programs that enrich their understanding of topics such as the college entrance process, financial literacy, healthy living, teamwork, and building healthy relationships.  

Proceeds from Girl Scouts of Connecticut’s Women of Achievement event will support enrichment, educational, recreational, and personal development programs that help girls in grades K - 12 bring out the best in themselves and their communities. The Girl Scout Leadership Experience offers girls the lifetime skills they need to discover their personal best; connect with others to build healthy relationships; and take action in their communities to make the world a better place.

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