McAlester Juliette Low Leadership Society Sets Celebration Date

Society Welcomes Jari Askins as Guest Speaker

McAlester JLLS Honorary Chair and Girl Scout Alumna Deborah Hackler
McAlester JLLS Honorary Chair and Girl Scout Alumna Deborah Hackler
  • McAlester JLLS Honorary Chair and Girl Scout Alumna Deborah Hackler
    McAlester JLLS Honorary Chair and Girl Scout Alumna Deborah Hackler
    McAlester JLLS Honorary Chair and Girl Scout Alumna Deborah Hackler
    McAlester JLLS Honorary Chair and Girl Scout Alumna Deborah Hackler
  • 15th Lieutenant Governor of Oklahoma and Girl Scout Alumna Jari Askins
    15th Lieutenant Governor of Oklahoma and Girl Scout Alumna Jari Askins
    15th Lieutenant Governor of Oklahoma and Girl Scout Alumna Jari Askins
    15th Lieutenant Governor of Oklahoma and Girl Scout Alumna Jari Askins
  • Deborah Hackler as a Girl Scout (front row, far right) in Tiak Council
    Deborah Hackler as a Girl Scout (front row, far right) in Tiak Council
    Deborah Hackler as a Girl Scout (front row, far right) in Tiak Council
    Deborah Hackler as a Girl Scout (front row, far right) in Tiak Council

Honorable Judge Deborah L. Hackler, Honorary Chair and Girl Scout Alumna, and the 2012 McAlester Juliette Low Leadership Society (JLLS) are excited to announce the annual celebration luncheon is set for April 26. The luncheon will mark the culmination of the Society’s fundraising campaign and will honor a special McAlester Girl Scout.

The celebration luncheon will begin at 11:30 a.m. at Pete’s Place in Krebs. Featured speaker will be 15th Lieutenant Governor of Oklahoma and Girl Scout alumna Jari Askins.

As part of this year’s reception, the Society will also award a $1,000 higher education scholarship to local Girl Scout Wendi Dunn. Dunn is a senior at McAlester High School. She has been a Girl Scout for thirteen years during which time she has volunteered at her local Girl Scout Day Camp. Dunn plans to attend the University of Central Oklahoma and major in kinesiology.

Hackler is serving as the 2012 Honorary Chair for McAlester JLLS. She has maintained a practice of law in McAlester with her partner and father, Donald R. Hackler, since 1993. Additionally, since 2001, she has served as the part-time Municipal Judge for the City of McAlester. Hackler is also a past Board Member for Tiak Girl Scout Council.

Single tickets for the reception, which supports local Girl Scout programs, are now available for $50. Sponsorships are also available and range from $250 to $1,000. To purchase a ticket or learn more about the Juliette Low Leadership Society, go to GirlScoutsEastOK.org/JLLS or contact Barbara Sorochty, Chief Development Officer at Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma, 918-745-5202 or BSorochty@gseok.org.

The 2012 McAlester Juliette Low Leadership Society Committee:
Honorable Judge Deborah L. Hackler, Honorary Chair
Elaine Green
Dorothy E. Kennedy
Barbara Monto
Ann Owens

About Jari Askins: Jari Askins is Associate Provost for External Relations at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. She was also Oklahoma’s 15th Lieutenant Governor, and after being sworn in 2007, she achieved the rare distinction of being involved in public service in all three branches of state government.

Born and raised in Duncan, Oklahoma, Lieutenant Governor Askins received her Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from the University of Oklahoma and earned a Juris Doctorate from the University of Oklahoma College of Law. She was later appointed by the Governor to the Pardon and Parole Board, which elected her as its first woman chairman.

Askins was elected to the Oklahoma House of Representatives in 1994 from District 50 where she served for twelve years. During her last term, Askins became the first woman to lead a caucus in the Oklahoma Legislature when she was elected Democratic House Leader. She won statewide election as Lieutenant Governor in 2006, becoming the first Democratic woman to serve in that office.

Lieutenant Governor Askins received numerous awards and been recognized by several organizations during her career in public service.

About the Juliette Low Leadership Society: The Juliette Low Leadership Society is comprised of women of purpose and power who open doors and create pathways for young women to pursue. Each year, the Society funds a variety of Girl Scout leadership programs and higher education scholarships for girls across eastern Oklahoma. Visit the Juliette Low Leadership Society on the web at GirlScoutsEastOk.org/JLLS.