Thursday, September 24, 2009

The 2009 Juliette Low Award of Distinction Goes to Emily F. Franchina, Esq.

At Girl Scouts of Nassau County’s Annual Luncheon we once again turn to an outstanding woman in our community and present her with the Juliette Low Award of Distinction. Over the past 22 years our honorees have embodied the best and brightest of the women in our community, women who excel in business, the professions, arts and volunteer service. Beyond individual accomplishments, which are legion, each of these women demonstrates her commitment to the life of the community through service and philanthropy.

This year Girl Scouts is proud to salute Emily F. Franchina, Esq.  Emily is an attorney concentrating in Elder Law, Wills, Trusts, Estate Planning, Estate Administration, and adoption. She is a graduate of Hofstra University School of Law.

Active in law and the community at large, Emily currently serves as President of the Nassau County Bar Association. Her dedication to the elderly, disabled, and their families is evidenced through her many committee affiliations. She is active in the Bar Association’s WE CARE Fund, which supports a Girl Scout troop in Hempstead. Her community activities include the Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary & Audubon Center, Mineola Garden City Rotary, Rotacare, the Long Island Alzheimer’s Foundation, NY Bar Foundation and St. Johnland Nursing Home.

Emily has been a guest speaker on radio, she has lectured for the National Business Institute, has presented numerous lectures for various community groups, libraries, adult education programs, area universities, the Women’s Bar Association of New York, the New York State Bar Association and the Nassau Academy of Law. She authored columns dealing with estate and elder law issues, entitled Counselor’s Corner, published through the Nassau County Bar Association and has authored articles for the Long Island Alzheimer’s Foundation.

Emily’s long list of achievements and affiliations certainly tell us that she is a devoted community servant.  And, Emily is also fun, caring and inventive.  Each time I am with Emily, her warmth and humor are foremost. She goes the extra mile for her community and her friends.  She is an excellent role model for girls because she has chosen to put the words of the Girl Scout Promise and Law into action in her life.

I can’t wait until our Luncheon on October 27th at the Garden City Hotel …That is when the Girl Scout Community and so many of Emily’s friends and family will join me in the privilege of celebrating another great Girl Scout of Nassau County.  Emily, we will all be cheering for you … THANK YOU for being a leader and problem solver in our community.  You do us proud by accepting the Juliette Low Award of Distinction!

2008   Dr. Adrienne O’Brien-Salten
2007   Leslie Segrete
2006   Margaret Stacey
2005   Victoria Murphy                        
2004   Theresa Mall Mullarkey
2003   Myrka A. Gonzalez, Esq. EdD.
2002   Maureen Clancy
2001   Carol Silva
2000   Erica B. Garay, Esq.
1999   Dorothy Tripp
1998   Michelle E. DiBenedetto
1997   Esther Fortunoff
1996   Dr. Donna Lopiano
1995   Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy
1994   Karen Lutz
1993   Matilda Raffa Cuomo
1992   Susan Lucci
1991   Anne W. Ellis
1990   L. Eudora Pettigrew
1989   Jane S. Gitlin
1988   Melba Toliver
1987   Judith Davidson Moyers

Friday, September 18, 2009


Congratulations to Robyn M. of Troop 3262 whose winning entry was chosen for this year’s GIRLFEST patch! 

GIRLFEST is Sunday, October 4th! Thanks to the Broadway Mall in Hicksville, Girl Scouts of Nassau County will once again present GIRLFEST in its spacious corridors …GIRLFEST is an opportunity for girls and Girl Scouts of all ages to come together for FUN, friendship and to share program ideas and activities … Last year over 1000 girls came out for the fun! Many of our great vendors who promote their programs through our Possibilities publication will be giving demonstrations and providing more info on the opportunities available from their companies and organizations. This is a great chance for Troop Leaders and girls to get a better idea on the program activities available, which will help as the girls plan their year and set their goals.
There will be opportunities to learn more about the Girl Scout Journeys, about the Girl Scout special interest groups, such as the UMOJA Alliance, the Asian Task Force and the Hispanic Latino Task Force, as well as getting the latest information on other new programs.  You can learn more about our Critical Issues work.  – And see previews of our Fall Products Program.  
The most exciting parts of GIRLFEST are the activities that are designed by and presented by the girls themselves. Various girls and their Troops will be demonstrating everything from our winning Lego Robotics teams, to arts and crafts activities, SWAPS and community service opportunities. (If you want to present an activity, HURRY!, we may be able to make room.) The Girl Scouts of Nassau County Chorus will perform. And there will be a contest to design this year’s Holiday Card for Girl Scouts of Nassau County.  
I hope to see you on Sunday afternoon, October 4th … You can register in advance for $5, or $10 at the door … All girls, from kindergarten and up are welcome, regardless of whether they are registered Girl Scouts.  There is no charge for adults. – And to continue the Girl Scout spirit of giving back,  all guests are asked to be bring non-perishable food items (cans, boxed) that will be donated to Island Harvest.