Becoming a woman of

PLATTSBURGH - The Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York recently awarded five local women the honor of being "Women of Distinction" for their efforts in the community.

On Sept. 30, Megan Borland, Vickie Phaneuf, Angela Spahr, Michelle Hills, and Michelle Menard were given the title as being Women of Distinction, which the Girl Scouts select "based upon their significant contributions to the community, their impact on the lives of those around them, and their example for women of all ages."

Borland, who received the Distinguished Leader of Tomorrow award, is an 11th grader at Lake Placid High School. During her introduction speech by mistress of ceremonies Keela Dates, the Distinguished Emerging Trailblazer recipient of 2009, Dates said, "Unlike many young women her age, Megan carries herself with a confidence and style that's all her own. She glows from the inside out and serves as an incredible example for her peers as well as the younger students who spend time with her during tutoring sessions."

In Borland's acceptance speech, she said it was through all the community service and outreach programs she was involved in that she learned the value of helping others.

"As the old saying goes, 'What goes around, comes around,'" she said. "With every little thing I do for someone else, it comes back 10-fold in the joy I see I brought to them and the things I helped them accomplish."

The second recipient of the WOD award was Vickie Phaneuf, who earned the Distinguished Trailblazer award.

"From what I've learned about Vickie over the past couple of months, she seems to be a true servant to others," said Dates. "Vickie has held many occupations in the areas of childcare, senior services, mental health services, special events and others too numerous to list."

"Vickie has taken her love for others and desire to learn new skills wherever she goes," she added. "It seems in Vickie's eyes every individual is worthy of love and support and she's constantly trying to learn how to help others."

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