Three local women will be honored for their community leadership next month at a luncheon organized by the Girl Scouts of Central California South.
Former First 5 Kern executive director and cancer survivor Wendy Wayne, Southern Auto Supply co-owner Stella McMurtrey and Kern County Undersheriff RoseMary Wahl will be inducted into the Women Inspiring Girls Society at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 7 at Stars Theatre Restaurant.
The 2010 honorees were nominated by community members and selected by a committee for their uplifting personalities and wide-ranging contributions in Bakersfield and elsewhere, said Cathy Ferguson, CEO of Girl Scouts of Central California South.
"The common thread for all of them is they don't take 'No' for an answer," Ferguson said. "They are always looking for ways to make things better, not only for themselves but for those that surround them."
The luncheon will feature a video presentation as well as interaction between the inductees and current scouts.
Wahl, the first woman to fill the undersheriff position in Kern County, hopes to inspire young girls to consider law enforcement careers.
"If I can plant that seed in one or two girls, that's awesome," Wahl said. "Receiving this award is one step in that direction."
Wayne, who participated in Girl Scouts as a Brownie "a thousand years ago" praised the organization's emphasis on being goal-oriented. She said she "was very touched and humbled" to be recognized.
Wayne attended the ceremony last year to witness the induction of the inaugural class.
Its members were Bakersfield Memorial Hospital chief development officer Sue Benham, Grimmway Farms co-owner Barbara Grimm-Marshall and Kern Community College District Chancellor Sandra Serrano.
"It's important that we connect our girls with outstanding women," Ferguson said. "They become cheerleaders for the girls coming after them.
"The girls can have the hope that if they set goals and work hard, they too can achieve great things."