The Girl Scouts of Central Texas will honor five as Women of Distinction at a luncheon Thursday, Sept. 19, at Coggin Avenue Baptist Church.
The five women are Kevelle Bailey, Sue Tullar Byrd, Betty Beyer Critchfield, Debbie Eoff and Alice Salazar.
Additionally, Dazzling Diva’s Boutique will be honored as the Workplace of Distinction.
At the signature fundraising event for the Girl Scouts, the organization brings together and honors local women leaders “whose dynamic leadership, professional accomplishments, and community contributions inspire us all to make the world a better place,” the event’s Facebook page states.
The proceeds from the annual event support the Girl Scouts leadership program.
The Bulletin will feature articles about the honorees in future print editions and at www.brownwoodtx.com.
Kevelle Bailey was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota to Marcus and Michelle Wasson. She has four siblings.
Bailey’s parents are both retired pastors at the Church of the Living God.
Bailey’s family moved to Brownwood when she was 8. They moved back to Minnesota two more times but Brownwood is home.
Bailey graduated from Brownwood High School and went on to study Health Information Technology at Texas State Technical College.
Bailey was mentored by her parents and appreciates all that they taught her growing up. She learned recently that her mother was also honored as a Woman of Distinction.
Bailey’s son Rashad had a special influence on her life. She knew when he was born that she had to do better for him and make him proud. Seeing him holding his first-born son and being a wonderful father makes her proud.
Bailey met her husband, Charles Edward Bailey Jr., at her sister’s wedding and they married years later. Rashad’s children are Rashad Deal, Xavier Bailey, Derrick Bailey, Charles Bailey and Aliyah Bailey, and she has a grandson, Zion Deal.
One of Bailey’s special memories is of her wedding day. All of her family was there and she had the pleasure of having her dad and son give her away.
Bailey loves volunteering, saying it is a great way to give back to the community and leads to meeting wonderful people. Bailey believes it is better to give than to receive.
Whatever volunteer activity Bailey is doing, she likes to see people smiling and having fun. She said the back to school bash is always amazing and she loves seeing youth walk away with a smile and a backpack full of supplies.
Bailey has worked at the Texas Juvenile Justice Department for 19 years.
She started out as a teaching assistant, became a correctional officer and now works as as family liaison. It has impacted her life to see the strength of some of the young men and women in the TJJD. Bailey said some of them have have been through more at a young age than others will experience in a lifetime.
Bailey said she loves working with the youth because it makes her appreciate and be grateful for how she was brought up and reminds her to never take small things for granted. It also makes her a little overprotective of family.
Bailey's advice to young women is to keep God first, as He will help them in all things and never leave you alone. Bailey also said, “Follow your dreams no matter how long it takes to accomplish them. Value and cherish your family and take time for yourself.”
Bailey said she has been sustained by God, her husband, children and family.
She said is very humbled and honored to be a Woman of Distinction. Bailey said hopes to be a blessing to everyone and to make some sort of difference in the world.
Bailey remembers the scripture from Hebrews 13:2, “Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.”