Why Girl Scouts has Survived and Flourished for More than 100 Years

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Each year at this time, we decide upon a Girl Scout alumna in the northern part of the council to honor in conjunction with our holiday open house.   The potential recipients are always fascinating and extraordinary women.   I want to share some of the story of the special woman we are honoring from 4-7 p.m. on Thursday, December 12 at the Montgomery service center. Please stop by if you can.

This year's "Juliette's Pearl" is Mrs. Grace Leonard, a lifetime Girl Scout.  Mrs. Leonard has been involved as a Girl Scout for 45 years and started her involvement in Hawaii in 1968.   Like most of you, she started as a helper for her oldest daughter's troop.   The following year she became a Brownie troop leader.

Mrs. Leonard's family moved to Virginia, where she served as the leader for two troops.   While she was there, the leader for two other troops resigned, and the girls needed a troop leader, so like many of you, rather than disappoint the girls, she took up the challenge.   This made her the troop leader for FOUR Girl Scout troops there.   She said it was hard, but she did it for the girls.   The same reason many of you continue your involvement -- for the girls.

When they moved to Alabama, she led three troops.   She had a Junior troop, a Cadette troop, and a Senior Troop and continues to foster relationships with the girls from her troops.

Through her years of involvement with Girl Scouts, she has witnessed first hand how much the Girl Scout program taught the girls, how they enjoyed the experience, and wanted to remain involved.   Through Girl Scouts, her daughters and others had the opportunity to travel and go places, such as Savannah.   One of her daughters started caving and backpacking, which is a lifetime activity she still participates in today.   Her daughter continues to serve as a troop leader in Hope Hull, and although Mrs. Leonard isn't a troop leader, she continues to give her time to her daughter's troop.

We want to thank Mrs. Grace Leonard, a lifetime member of Girl Scouts, for her contribution to the many girls she has served over her 45 years as a Girl Scout leader.   Thank you, Mrs. Leonard, for making the world a better place through your service to others.

If you are unable to come to the reception in person and have good wishes you would like to extend to Mrs. Leonard, please send them to mstallworth@girlscoutssa.org.  We will read them to Mrs. Leonard at the reception.


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