After 21 years with the Miss Door County Organization, Executive Director Shirley Ehlers retired Aug. 1. In her place, former titleholders Samantha Baudhuin (Miss Door County 2005) and Ashley Cordier (Miss Door County 2007) have assumed the role of co-executive directors of the organization.
Baudhuin and Cordier have served on the Miss Door County committee for six and four years, respectively. Baudhuin has previous experience on the Executive Committee as the Judges and Interview Chair, and Cordier coordinated backstage production.
“We are honored to lead a group of such dedicated, experienced committee members and look forward to giving back to the organization and community that have given us so much,” said Cordier.
The Miss Door County Organization represents both the Miss Door County and Miss Door County’s Outstanding Teen programs, and is a local affiliate of the Miss America Organization.
“All our contestants earn scholarships, no matter where they place in the competition,” said Baudhuin. The Miss Door County Organization has been recognized several times as one of the top scholarship pageants in the state, a tradition Baudhuin and Cordier are committed to maintaining.
In addition to scholarships and personal development, Miss Door County provides a mentorship opportunity through the Princess Program. Girls ages six through eight are assigned a Miss Door County or Miss Door County’s Outstanding Teen contestant to be their mentor, and have the opportunity to perform on stage during the live pageant.
This next Miss Door County and Miss Door County’s Outstanding Teen pageant will be held Feb. 3. Contestant applications are currently being accepted. Visit missdoorcounty.weebly.com for more information. The Princess Program will open to applicants at noon on Sept. 11. The cost is $75 per princess, and spots are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Visit missdoorcounty.weebly.com for more information.