The Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce will host the 4th Annual Professional Women’s Summit on March 24th at the Brownwood Lyric Theatre. On March 24th, doors open at 8:30 am with programs running from 9 am – 3 p.m.

A new feature of this year’s event is the presentation of the Bettie Girling Distinguished Woman Award presented by Texas-Clean Inc. Bettie Girling was an incredible woman who blessed many lives with her strength, wisdom, and giving spirit. Criteria for Nomination: • A Woman that lives in Brown County • A Natural Leader• Supports Community Service Projects• Has served as a mentor for other women in the community.

We are accepting nominations through Friday, March 4th at 4 p.m. Award will be presented at the Professional Women’s Summit on March 24, 2022.

To nominate someone click here: Form 

A little about Bettie: 

She grew up in Brownwood. She spent her teenage years working at a local restaurant and as a candy striper. Bettie graduated from high school and attended Daniel Baker College. Upon graduation, Bettie began her career in serving the community as a teacher. After a year of teaching, she took a job with the welfare service. The welfare service provided her a stipend that allowed her the opportunity to attend the Graduate School of Social Work at the University of Texas at Austin. After graduating, Bettie went to work for the Austin State School where she met her future husband and love of her life, Robert Girling III.
Bob and Bettie launched a company that offered a new set of services that would change the face of patient care at home. Bettie and Bob founded Girling Health Care, Inc., while at the same time cherishing their close and loving family of four children. The two created a life together beyond their wildest dreams. The thousands of employees over 40 years shared in the joys and closeness of being a part of the larger Girling family.
She was an active member of the W.O.W. Club, loved to play bridge with close friends and enjoyed planning and throwing parties for friends and family.
She was honored greatly by her peers for her love of service, natural leadership, and generous spirit. Memberships included First Baptist Church; University of Texas Graduate School Of Social Work, Long Range Planning Committee; University of Texas School of Nursing, Foundation Advisory Council; University of Texas School of Social Work, Advisory Council; Howard Payne University, President’s Development Council; National Association of Social Work; Texas Association Social Work; Texas Association Home Health Agencies; Academy of Certified Social Workers; Austin Symphony Orchestra Society, Executive Board; Women’s Symphony League of Austin; Austin Woman’s Club; Austin Country Club Woman’s Association, First Vice President; National Society of Arts and Letters; Austin Historical Society, Board of Directors. Awards included Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the South and Southwest, Who’s Who in American Women, Notable Women Texas Association, Texas Association for Home Care’s Ida Mae Herbert Award for Meritorious Service, Austin Groups of the Elderly “AGE Vision Award,” UT Austin School of Social Work Charles I. Wright Distinguished Alumni Award, and Honorary Doctorate in Humanity from Howard Payne University.