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March 1, 2014 - Southern Finger Lakes Women and NYS Women, Inc., Region VII, sponsored a Youth Leadership Conference at the Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel on March 1st. High School girls from the area attended the one day event.   

In the morning, participants learned about Banking from Michel Ray, Manager of Watkins Glen Visions Federal Credit Union. Then they participated in a Reality Store, a real life simulation about career and lifestyle choices. Each girl was given an estimated one-month salary for their selected career. They visited booths to purchase items, including, housing, groceries, child care and medical expenses. The simulation helps girls get a glimpse of what expenses they will be facing after college.  

In the afternoon, local professional women presented information to the participants on a variety of topics. Ann Tuttle, Professor of Management at Keuka College, spoke about the importance of leadership and cited several  women leaders. Her message to the participants included advice on becoming a leader - "Show up. Speak up. Step up."

Other speakers included, Kelly McCarthy, Cyber Safety Educator, who spoke to the girls about cyber safety and social media; Alana Golden, Human Resources Director, Norwich Central School District who presented Interviewing and Resume' Tips, and staff from AJ's Hair, Make-Up of Corning, who presented hair and make up techniques for the workplace.

Judith Phillips, President

Gloria Hutchings, Membership Chair

JoAnne Krolak, Membership
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Karen Hunter, Webmaster

Judith Phillips, President
Crystal Banks, President Elect
Carole Shay, Vice President
Christine Brown, Treasurer
JoAnne Krolak, Secretary
Member Spotlight

Sally Rigden has been a member of Southern Finger Lakes Women since 1999 and has held the offices of Secretary and President. She also serves on the Education Committee and Christmas Committee.

Sally, a transplant from England in 1968, has a degree in Finance. She worked as the Administrative Assistant to the CFO for Strong Memorial Hospital at the University of Rochester until 1998. She then moved back to the Southern Tier and worked in the office of Sponsored 

2014 Youth Leadership Participants
Funds Accounting at Cornell University. At that time, she and her husband, Martin, also opened their first Bed and Breakfast – Page House in Millport, NY. For the next seven years they built their business on the weekends while both working full time. As the B&B business grew, Sally left Cornell University; and since the B&B was  a seasonal business she first worked during the off season at 
 Wal-Mart as an overnight customer service manager, and then as a commercial accounts rep for E. C. Cooper, Inc. Insurance in Watkins Glen.  

In 2005 a great late Victorian style house in Watkins Glen came on the market and was in a very good location for a B&B business. The Marmalade Cat Bed and Breakfast was born. Now beginning her 15th year in the B&B business, Sally has been host to guests from all over the world; from all occupations and backgrounds. She enjoys giving her guests all the information and sightseeing tips for our beautiful area, but also learning about countries she would love to visit, and places in the United States that her guests call home.

Planning and preparing a delicious breakfast for guests is a big part of her focus, so Sally loves to cook. As a natural progression of this, she hopes to begin providing classes in table etiquette at the B&B. Sally and her husband Martin live in Watkins Glen. She has three grown children and seven grandchildren. If she has any spare time, she also enjoys reading a good mystery, interior decoration and fast cars!

Scholarships Available for Schuyler County
High School Students
April 15, 2014 - Scholarship applications are now available for high school seniors from Bradford, Odessa-Montour and Watkins Glen Central School Districts.

Applicants must:
  • be a High School Senior residing in Schuyler County
  • be accepted by a school for advanced study beyond High School
  • show evidence of need for scholarship

Scholarships are $500 each. Deadline is May 16, 2014 to your High School Guidance Office.  ​

Download application here: 

Another Youth Leadership Conference is planned for March 7, 2015.

For more information, contact Southern Finger Lakes Women - sflwomen@gmail.com

Participant visits the Clothing Booth
during the Reality Store