MANCHESTER—The Daniel Webster Council (DWC), Boy Scouts of America recently presented Amy LaBelle with the 2022 Granite State Outstanding Women’s Leadership Award at Women’s Leadership Reception. Owner and founder of LaBelle Winery in Amherst, Derry, and Portsmouth, LaBelle wears many hats in her professional career, including that of certified winemaker, farmer, producer of farm -to -table food, innovative entrepreneur, and philanthropist.
“This award is annually given to a woman who has demonstrated exemplary leadership skills, which certainly describes Amy,” said Elizabeth Stodolski, DWC Board member and event co-chair. “Amy is an extraordinary leader. She is down to earth, authentic, and she does a lot to give back to the community.”
According to LaBelle, the recognition was humbling. “I am very humbled, especially considering the group of women who have received this recognition in the past,” she said.
Expressing excitement at the opportunity to serve as a role model for girls participating in the Scouting program in New Hampshire and beyond, LaBelle said it is vital that young girls and young adult women see women in leadership roles.
“Girls and young women can model and pattern their behaviors after these leaders and take short cuts to leadership positions,” she said. “Women in leadership should no longer be an anomaly.”
Stodolski agreed and said one of the main objectives behind the annual event is to highlight the role of women supporting Scouting in New Hampshire.
In addition to presenting LaBelle with the Granite State Outstanding Women’s Leadership Award, the event also awarded twenty-one women with the Golden Doe award for excellence in Scouting.
The 2022 Golden Doe recipients include:
• Trina Brand, Derry
• Nicole Brockman, Windham
• Lauren Collins-Cline, Bedford
• Amanda Costa, Nashua
• Brigid Cox, Hooksett
• Jessica Dane, Pembroke
• Alexa Darbe, Hudson
• Jennifer Faucher, Nashua
• Kim Foster, Nashua
• Cameron Hamel, Gilford
• Lucy Hutchings, New Ipswich
• Karen Johannesen, Keene
• Melanie Kapetan, Bedford
• Ashley Klemarczyk, Exeter
• Lima Lee, Londonderry
• Christene LoVecchio, Nottingham
• Cecilia Rai, Plymouth
• Jennifer Redden, Rochester
• Sarah Scott, Brentwood
• Kathy Sevigny, Bedford
• Lindsay White, Bedford
“The Golden Doe Award elevates awareness of the many contributions women make to the individual Scouting units across the state,” said Stodolski. “Our hope is that this event makes it clear that women are integral to the success of Scouting in New Hampshire and shines a light on the opportunity girls have to gain leadership skills through the program.
Beginning in 2018, the Boy Scouts of America welcomed girls into the Cub Scouting program; and in February 2019, it opened a pathway to Eagle Scout for young women through the creation of Girl Troops within the Scouts BSA program.
The reception was held at LaBelle Winery in Amherst, New Hampshire and supported by numerous local businesses with Downtown Realty as the NH Leader Sponsor, and LaBelle Winery, St. Mary’s Bank, and Keller Williams Costal Realty, as Reception Sponsors. Other support was provided by Enterprise Bank, Altos Marketing, Anagnost Investments, Northwestern Mutual, NH Fisher Cats, Elliot Health Systems, Manchester Radio Group, Steiner Law, LLC, Grace Family, Mike Tager, Stibler Associates, Effecttv, Franklin Pierce University, The MacDermott Group Merrill Lynch, Arico Business Consulting, LLC, WIPFI, EasterSeals, NH, Riapano Stoneworks, Altrix Primary Care, Fulcrum Construction, Primary Bank, Northwest Planning Associates, The Long Group, Broad St. Planning, Franklin Savings Bank, The Bookery, WMUR, and Beazley Media.
About the Daniel Webster Council The Daniel Webster Council, Boy Scouts of America is committed to developing character, citizenship, personal fitness, and leadership skills in youth by delivering dynamic programs that include outdoor activities and life skill-building curriculum. Daniel Webster Council has been promoting Scouting in New Hampshire since 1929. Cub Scout Packs, Scouts BSA Troops, and Venturing Crews are open to boys and girls throughout the state and supported by over 3,000 volunteer leaders in partnership with community organizations.
For more information, please visit www.nhscouting.org.