The membership and registrar chair for Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York/Shenendehowa Service Unit, a retired Shenendehowa school aide and a Clifton Park resident.
Why did you get involved in Girl Scouts?
When my daughter, Johanna, was in first grade she went to her first summer day camp in Galway. She loved it! I figured if it was making her this happy, they must be doing something right. I started volunteering there and eventually became a troop leader. My 14 girls all reached their Silver Awards, and eight of them attained their Gold Awards as well. They are now all wonderful young women. It was great to watch them all grow — that was the best part.
Where does your involvement end now that your daughter is an adult?
I’m still on board as the membership and registrar chair for the Clifton Park area, and I do the nut and candy sale in the fall. I attend meetings about once a month with all the leaders in the area. It’s kind of nice staying in touch; there’s a lot of nice people involved.
What advice would you give women who might want to get involved as leaders?
We have a waiting list right now of girls who want to get into scouting. We definitely would like to have more troops, but we need more leaders. There’s a little bit of training involved — it’s not much work and it’s a lot of fun. We are hearing from more professional women — doctors, lawyers, PAs — who don’t have a lot of extra time but are becoming leaders. All women are welcome, and if they need more information I can be contacted at email@example.com.
When you’re not working with the Girl Scouts, what else do you do with your time?
I am strictly a behind-the-scenes volunteer for Ann Schwanda and her work with the Shenendehowa Quilt Project. Like Girl Scouts, the work never really ends — it goes all year long. I am also into genealogy for my family’s and my husband’s family’s histories. And, I’m also planning my daughter’s wedding! She’s getting married this October.
By Lauren Carpenter