Girl Scouts of Central Texas will host the Stephenville Women of Distinction Banquet from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Aug. 30 at Twisted J Live.

This year's honorees include:

• Sherry Carroll, a graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University and wife to Richard Ellis Carroll. Sherry currently serves as director of Grace Place Ministries, the benevolence ministry of First Baptist Church Stephenville, providing food, clothing, and financial aid for people in need.

She has multiple degrees, traveled as a missionary, served as a Girl Scout leader and is a published author.

“I am extremely honored to have been selected for the Women of Distinction award. The person I am today is because of the people throughout my life who have supported me and challenged me to be the best I can be – especially my husband and my parents. So, I say thank you to them, and to God who provides me with strength in the good times and the difficult times. I appreciate Girl Scouts of Central Texas for all the work they do in teaching girls responsibility and leadership, while having lots of fun. I appreciate them choosing me as one of the Women of Distinction this year. I am honored to be joining a group of incredible women who have won this award over the years,” said Carroll.

• Metta Collier, graduate of Texas Christian University, mother of three and wife to John B Collier IV. Metta is vice president of their ranching business, Collier Diamond C Ranch, and real estate operations.

She also serves on the Bosque Adventure Committee, is a co-founder and active board member of Keep Stephenville Beautiful, and co-founder of Sundown on the Square which has raised over $100,000 for the Stephenville Historical House Museum.

“A special thanks to the Girl Scouts of Central Texas for my nominations as one of this year's "Women of Distinction. It is an extreme honor to be chosen and recognized along with a group of such highly esteemed and respected Stephenville women. It is so clear that these nominees are making incredible contributions and positive changes in our community,” said Collier.

• JJ Hampton, graduate of Tarleton State University, mother of one and wife of Ricky Prince. As a 17-time World Champion Breakaway Roper, JJ’s first love has always been rodeo. Her real estate career has been just as successful. She enjoys giving back to those in need and pays forward the support she has received from the Stephenville community by speaking in schools and encouraging young athletes.

“I would like to thank the Girl Scouts of America for recognizing me for my passions and talents with this prestigious award. I am truly honored and blessed,” said Hampton.

• Shelby Slawson, graduate of University of Texas, founder of Slawson Law, mother of two and wife to Joe Don Slawson. Shelby is a local attorney and co-owner of Slawson Roofing Inc., Erath Rentals and With a passion for volunteering she gives her time to First Baptist Church. Type B Economic Development Authority, Annexation Committee and Backpack Buddies.

"Erath County is a wonderful place to live and serve. It is an honor to be included among the women being recognized for service and leadership in our community," said Slawson.

• Barbara Terrell, graduate of the University of Texas, mother of four and wife of the late Dr. Jim Terrell. Barbara is known for her involvement in church and community. She was the first woman board chair for the Stephenville Chamber of Commerce, and owned two retail businesses on the downtown square for 20 years. As an active member in Girl Scouting, she was part of the construction of Stephenville’s first Scout house, Mistletoe Hut.

“Having worked many years with my daughters and their classmates in scouting and seeing its benefits, I feel so very honored to be recognized by this wonderful organization,” said Terrell.

Workplace of distinction award this year is The N at Hardway Ranch.

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