HATTIESBURG, Miss - The Girl Scouts of Greater Mississippi hosted a luncheon in honor of three phenomenal women, who were recognized as the 2016 Girl Scouts Women of Distinction Laureates of the Pine Belt Area.
Each year, the Girl Scouts honor outstanding women whose personal and professional accomplishments make them positive role models who inspire girls to achieve their own goals and dreams.
Director of Development, Lashaunda Rene says, "Not often do girls have the opportunity and the explicit instruction that you can do and be whatever you want to do and be. That's what we do at the Girl Scouts, we expand their horizons."
The three women's biographies:
Dr. Barbara Mauldin
Petals own, Dr. Barbara B Mauldin is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi and the University Of Mississippi School Of Dentistry. Dr. Mauldin has practiced Dentistry in Petal for the past 31 years. She is a longtime Rotarian and member of the Petal Chamber of Commerce. Dr. Mauldin is a longtime volunteer; she offers dental services via local and international missions. She is a wife and mother to 5 children, owner of the ballroom dance studio, Studio 117 in Petal and dances competitively. Dr. Mauldin is also the Ms Senior America 2015.
Patricia King-Galjour, also known as Trish, has been in the banking industry for 35 years in the Pine Belt Area. She is on the Merit Health Wesley Women’s Advisory Board and volunteers with the American Red Cross, the United Way, the American Cancer Society and other great organizations. As a member and CEO of the First National Banking Association, Patricia has been recognized by the University of Mississippi School of Banking for her expertise. She is an active member of the Area and Development Partnership in Hattiesburg and has been recognized as Ambassador of the Year and has served as the Chamber of Commerce Chair. Patricia is a mother of two grown children and has recently married her soul mate.
Barbara Phillips is as graduate of Mississippi Southern College, now known as University of Southern Mississippi. She married the late Dr. Tom Rhea Phillips, Jr, with whom she enjoyed 53 years of marriage and raised five children. Barbara spent many years as a volunteer and troop leader with the Girl Scouts. She was also a member of the Hattiesburg Junior Auxiliary and a long-time volunteer with the Boy Scouts from whom she received many honors. Barbara has held many leadership positions in the Hattiesburg community, including the Drug Abuse Council, the Zoning Board, Hattiesburg Planning Commission, and the Civic Arts Council. She is past President of the Forrest County Dental Auxiliary, the East District Dental Auxiliary and the Auxiliary to the Mississippi Dental Association. Barbara was President of the P.T.A. at Camp, Hawkins, and Blair schools as well as the Hattiesburg P.T.A. City Council.