I've had the opportunity to attend some graduation activities of our graduating Girl Scouts. What a treat! Every graduate is an accomplished individual beyond their activities in Girl Scouts, and we wish them the best in the next part of their Journey through life.
For many of you, this is the time of year when you are trying to adjust to a somewhat different schedule. Hopefully, lots more outdoor activities, trying new things, and some leisure time that you just don't have the opportunity for during the school year.
I know many of you suspend troop meetings during the summer so you don't have to hassle with coordinating vacation schedules, people moving in different directions, and summer fun. I want to thank you for all you do for girls. This has been a good year in many ways and one that has held its challenges. I'm sure you can resonate with that. We cannot do this work without you. I know there are days when it is frustrating, but I hope the moments with the girls when they gain an insight makes all that worthwhile.
We have had service units give scholarships to their graduates recently. We had another troop that is graduating give their remaining troop funds to fund a camp scholarship in honor one of their deceased troop members. I hear about great summer events that troops are doing some exciting events with their troop proceeds.
I reached an age milestone recently with my birthday, and it is closer to retirement than it is my youth at this point. I still look back on my Girl Scout experiences with fondness and pleasure. I remember the women who were part of that experience -- the leaders who taught life skills I still use today. They were role models. I hope you know you serve that role to the girls you work with. Every day I hear examples of great leadership on your part. Those might seem insignificant, but never underestimate what small thing will change a girl's life and be that one moment that makes a difference in her life.
Thank you for your hours of work, patience, planning, and contribution to make the world a better place. You are special! I'm hoping it is a great summer.