Girl Scouts of Central California South will recognize three "ambitious honorees" from Bakersfield next month at its annual Women Inspiring Girls Awards Luncheon.

They are Robin Brassfield-Cooper, owner and operator of Robin’s EnviroVac; Susan Spears, workers' compensation claims examiner at Self-Insured Schools of California; and Raji Brar, chief operations officer at Countryside Market & Restaurants.

The luncheon will be at Valley Baptist Church, 4800 Fruitvale Ave. in Bakersfield 11 a.m. Oct. 20. The money raised will help local Girl Scouts "gain the Girl Scout experience they otherwise would not be able to afford," according to a news release from the organization.

The release said this about the honorees:

• Brassfield-Cooper worked several jobs as a young adult but it was the experience working at Coastal Engineering that motivated her to open her own oilfield maintenance company. She's also been a student mentor, helped found the Kern County Oil Contractors Association, and is a sponsor of the One Family, One Toilet Project, a local Bakersfield Girl Scout Gold Award Project raising money to build toilets in India.

• Spears helps, trains and encourages some 1,000 young Kern County women in the ROSE Mentoring Program during their junior and senior years of high school, and has been involved in it for 18 years.

• Brar is a first-generation Indian-American born and raised in the valley. Along with her family, she owns and operates Subway, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, Brookside, Countryside Market and Shell Gas Stations throughout Kern and Tulare counties. She was the first Sikh woman ever elected to a city council seat in California — in Arvin.

Tickets to the luncheon are $50 for an individual seat, $400 for a community benefit organization table and $500 for a corporate table. Tickets can be purchased at

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