List the volunteer positions you’ve held with Girl Scouts. Troop Leader, Troop Cookie Mom, SUD, Event Organizer for SU, Interfaith Chair, Instructor and trainer for the Religious Awards Program, Association Chair, VASC GSLE Rep, VASC Chair, Camp Crafts volunteer, Delegate to National Convention (held 2011), Trainer, Gold Committee, Girl Board Selection Committee Chair. I was also on numerous task committees over the years. They had to do with evaluations, kicking off the journey programs and such.
How long you have been a volunteer with GSSWT? I started volunteering in GSSWT in 2001. Prior to that I was in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. Even earlier, the Homestead Council in Nebraska.
What do you do when NOT volunteering for Girl Scouts? My full time career is in education. I currently serve as Director for Special Education and Section 504 in the North East Independent School District. I have been a professional for 35 years as of 2016. I am also an adjunct faculty member at Texas A&M San Antonio. I am active in my church teaching Sunday School and participating in activities. (Coker UMC) I am a single parent for two children. Kati, who is a junior in college at Southwestern University and a Girl Scout who earned her Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards. Braedon, finishing his freshman year at Lee HS STEM and a Life Boy Scout, ready to begin his Eagle Project.
What inspires you to volunteer? I grew up as an active Girl Scout. My leaders were very special women in my life. They gave me opportunities and believed in me in ways that I was not supported from others. I fully support the organization and want to see other girls empowered to find their courage, grow their confidence, and develop their character in making this world a better place. I have the heart of a servant when it comes to supporting young folks in their endeavors.
What’s your favorite Girl Scout memory? As a child, Girl Scout Camping at Camp Catron in Nebraska City was a highlight. We went every year. It was a rustic camp in the 1960s and early 70s. We did all the "old fashioned" Girl Scout outdoor things. Cooking on the fire, playing in the creek, sand candles made digging into the bed beside the creek, friendship bracelets, hiking, singing around the campfire.
As an adult leader, my time with the girls was joy-filled. I loved being Xacto at Mira Sol and La Jita working in crafts or Dabbler's Den. Watching my daughter and her friends jump from poles and walk wires in multiple challenge courses was a thrill. I must admit, working with my daughter on her highest awards fills my soul. Watching the ladies at Threads of Love croon over the 12 blankets she crocheted to donate to their work for her Bronze Award, seeing her build the Peace Garden at the Sally Cheever Girl Scout Leadership Center, that was dedicated at the Building Blessing (which she also organized) for her Silver Project, supporting her as she traveled on mission work to Romania, twice, and raised the funds to present the budding congregation with a minivan for her Gold Award, are memories that are forever cherished.
Describe yourself in 5 words
Loyal, Courageous, Dedicated, Creative, Coffee-powered
What camp survival skills have you mastered? Campfire cooking. Foil packs and Dutch Oven are my favorites!
Would you rather visit Pax Lodge, Sangam, India, Our Cabaña in Mexico, Our chalet in Switzerland? Our Chalet in Switzerland