Pioneering Women

Pioneering Women

Pioneering Women is recognizing five honorees for their volunteer efforts in the community and celebrating the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote, at “The Amazing Greats” luncheon Thursday, Aug. 7. The event promises to be fun and informative for all who attend, says Pioneering Women founder Georgine Guillory.

In 2003, Guillory started the nonprofit group to honor women in the community for their professional, volunteerism and vocational contributions and to help promising students pay for higher education. Each year, a committee selects a handful of women to honor for their efforts in the community. Aug. 7, Pioneering Women honors five outstanding women in the community involved in a variety of philanthropic endeavors, reaching out in every aspect of volunteerism.

Guillory herself is no stranger to volunteering and community involvement. She currently serves as a member of the Port of Beaumont Board of Commissioners and has since 2003. In 2007, she was appointed the board’s secretary and treasurer. A lifelong resident of Beaumont, Guillory is a self-employed businesswoman who is very active in civic and community affairs. She is a graduate of Lamar University and was a member of the 2000 class of Leadership Beaumont. She currently serves on the board of directors of the Beaumont Chamber of Commerce, SAFE Credit Union, the Lamar Alumni Association and the Julie Rogers Gift of Life Program. She also volunteers for the Rape & Suicide Crisis Center.

Guillory says she has respect and admiration for the women being honored.

“They have a real sense of social progress,” she relates. “We celebrate them because of the profound impact they have on our community, and we should support their work.”

In addition to honoring some phenomenal women in the community and celebrating women’s suffrage, Pioneering Women plans to put any proceeds into two programs meant to encourage education, its College Assistance Program and 2nd Chances. The College Assistance Program provides students with textbooks for higher learning, and 2nd Chances benefits community members seeking their GEDs. According to Guillory, 88 students have benefited from the program since its inception four years ago.

Guest speaker Pat Avery, recognized as an “Extraordinary Woman” by Pioneering Women in 2005, will address attendees at the Aug. 7 luncheon. Avery has had a long and successful career in human resources, becoming the first woman and minority manager of employee relations at Mobil’s Chemical Specialty Division in Beaumont in 1991 and the first woman and minority manager of employee relations at Mobil’s Mining and Minerals Company in Houston in 1993. She is currently the vice president of global business development at Griffith Moseley Johnson & Associates, a consulting firm representing clients in a range of areas. Avery has served on the boards of numerous local organizations. Avery served as the Honorary Chair of the Julie Rogers Gift of Life Fundraiser in 2012, was honored by St. Catherine’s Catholic School in Port Arthur or her support of education in 2013, and received the “Diamond Difference Maker Award” for her community efforts from the Children in Motion Organization in 2014.

Guillory invites the community to attend “The Amazing Greats” luncheon Aug. 7. It is being held at the Holiday Inn Plaza and Suites at 3950 Walden Rd. at Interstate 10 in Beaumont, and tickets are $40. The luncheon begins at 11:30 a.m. A silent auction will also be held.

“Women are in it to win it,” says Guillory. “Come help us salute astounding women on the move. Witness their risk, bravery and leadership.”

Not to leave anyone out, Guillory says she is pleased with support from both women and men, and hopes to see both present at the luncheon.

“And we are happy the guys are supporting our efforts,” she says.