The Girls Scouts of Western New York have named Marcia Merrins of Fredonia as one of seven women of distinction. The group members are considered role models for all girls.
The women represent all parts of the council, which comprises a large area from Rochester to Chautauqua County. They will be honored at an awards ceremony on Thursday, Sept. 18, at the Buffalo Marriott Niagara, 1340 Millersport Highway in Amherst.
Local honoree, Merrins, is a former president of the League of Women Voters for New York state as well as a former member of the organization's national board of directors. She also owns Kniti Griti Works.
Marcia Merrins works on a clay elephant as part of her business, Kniti Griti Works. She has been named a 2014 woman of distinction by the Girl Scouts of Western New York and will be honored at a dinner in Amherst on Sept. 18.
Other honorees are: Daisy Algarin, senior marketing specialist, city of Rochester Business Development; Kimberly Beaty, deputy commissioner of operations, City of Buffalo; Ann Evanko, president, Hurwitz & Fine, P.C.; Uma Gupta, Ph.D., executive director, president CEO, STEM-Smart, Planet GPA.us; Jennifer Walter, corporate controller, Moog Inc.; and Lillian Williams, Ph.D., professor of African-American studies at the University at Buffalo.
"I was a member of the board of directors of the League of Women Voters of the United States after serving as president of the League of Women Voters of New York state," Merrins said. "Attaining a position on the LWVUS board is certainly an achievement, because you are nominated from a pool of leaders from across the country. However, being the state president enabled me to lead all the local Leagues in New York state to achieve great gains. Most significant was getting optical scan machines for voting across the state (so people mark their own ballots) instead of (a) touch screen."
In addition to her volunteer work, she is also an entrepreneur.
"After I concluded my term on the national board in Washington, D.C., I found more time for my creative side," Merrins said. "My 'footed bowls' and raku fired pieces are quite unique and are gaining admirers. My business is home based. I have a small studio and two kilns."
Those interested in her artistic work can read more about Kniti Griti Works on her new web gallery, www.knitigritiworks.com.
Proceeds from the Girl Scout event will benefit programming for girls throughout Western New York, and the public is invited to attend.
Tickets are $75 for registered Girl Scout members and $100 for non-members, and are available by visiting gswny.org/pages/wod.aspx. Details of the event are also available on the site.