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Shenandoah Region Honors Women of Distinction

Girl Scouts Announce 2013 Women of Distinction

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The Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital is proud to announce the 2013 Women of Distinction. Three outstanding women from the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia were selected to receive the prestigious award based on distinguished service, excellent leadership and capacity to serve as role models for girls.

A retired Navy captain, a longtime writer of "local lore," and an advocate for children have been named the 2013 Girl Scouts Women of Distinction.

Jean Neely, from Shepherdstown, Ethel Wayble Bovey, from Martinsburg, and Susan Caperton, from Berkeley Springs, will join the ranks of the 28 other area women who received the honor over the past eight years. The women were selected for their outstanding work in the community, their contribution to their professions, and because they are outstanding role models for young women.

Jean Neely - 2013 Girl Scouts Women of Distinction Recipient. Jean Neely from Shepherdstown, WV is a retired Navy captain, whose entire non-military career centered on public service. Thirty years ago, she helped found the Potomac Valley Audubon Society, where she served as the chapter's first president, and has helped the organization grow to more than 800 members. Neely's service to the community is decades long and she has been an active volunteer with several area organizations. A graduate of Bates College in Lewiston, ME, in 1953, she is vice president of her alumni class.
   
Ethel Bovey - 2013 Girl Scouts Women of Distinction Recipient. Ethel Wayble Bovey from Martinsburg, WV has been active in the community for the past seven decades, volunteering for organizations like the Home Demonstration Club, the Lioness Club and the Soroptimist Club. She has been a member of Otterbein United Methodist Church since 1923, and has served her church in many capacities. In 1981, then-Gov. Jay Rockefeller named Bovey an Outstanding West Virginian. Bovey is probably most well known locally for her writing - she spent several decades working full-time and part-time for The Journal. At the young age of 80, Bovey soon began writing again for the local lore section of The Journal.
   
Susan Caperton - 2013 Girl Scouts Women of Distinction Recipient. Susan Caperton from Berkeley Springs, WV is an attorney who received her JD from the University of Michigan. Caperton began her local legal career with Bowles Rice in 1996. After leaving the law firm to devote her time to her family, she returned to the workforce as executive director of the Morgan County Partnership. Susan has also worked closely as the chair for the Morgan County Backpack program and helped organize "Stepping Stones to a Brighter Future." Caperton is active in her church and she has been a youth soccer coach, board member of the Morgan Arts Council and a PTO officer and library volunteer. 
   

The women were recognized at the Girl Scouts annual Women of Distinction luncheon, held on Sept. 25, 2013 at the Holiday Inn in Martinsburg, WV.

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