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President, Solid Light, Inc. / Girl Scout from age 6-11

MEMORIES: My fondest memories are from day camp at Camp Honor Bright, where we learned many of the skills for camping in the woods - building a fire, building a tripod to hold a wash bowl, tying knots of all kinds, making campfire stew and s'mores, and learning the proper way to fold a flag.

THE IMPACT: I learned from the badge-earning process that I had a vast number of interests, many of which I still pursue in my line of work. I also learned to be goal-oriented, and that I could achieve what I put my mind to.

"It's the opposite of being fearful. Always believi in myself, built confidence."

- Former Girl Scout Cynthia Torp


Part-time teller, PNC Bank / 6IrI Scout volunteer for 33 years

MEMORIES: Watching girls grow to be happy, responsible, successful adults. Advising seven girls that earned their Gold Award. Leading my troop to two World Centers, one in Switzerland and one in Mexico.

THE IMPACT: I was a shy and somewhat reserved young adult. Troop leadership gave me the opportunity and confidence to speak before a group, to tackle large events and be successful. Girl Scouts continually challenges me to be the best I can be. As an archivist I think also about Juliette Low's quote: "The work of today is the history of tomorrow and we are its makers.'

PASSING IT ON: Two granddaughters in Girl Scouts, a 10m grader and 7m grader who are working on their Gold & Silver Award requirements.

"The opportunitles I have had in Girl Scouts have given me the courage to lead a troop of 13 to Europe, 10 days in a World Center and 11 days on our own."

- Girl Scout Leader Judy Steirnhauer


Former President of Leadership Louisville Center / Girl Scouts from Brownie until high school graduation

MEMORIES: I started as a Brownie and stayed with scouting until my graduation from high school. We had exceptional leaders (Martha Blake and Gwen Chafee). We had ambitious goals to travel. So we sold an amazing amount of Girl Scout cookies. We traveled to Myrtle Beach twice, to the Bahamas twice, and took an extended tour through Canada to Montreal for Expo '67, a world's fair.

LESSONS: The big life lesson for me from all my Scouting projects and badges was having a goal, working towards it, and completing it on time. Today, it's called execution, and there are so many people who haven't mastered the ability to get something done.

THE IMPACT: I credit Girl Scouting with giving me the skills and confidence to successfully lead the Leadership Louisville Center. Selling cookies was a great way to push me out of my comfort zone - I was quiet and shy as a young girl, very bookish, but I was also competitive and wanted to win. I was always one of the top cookie sellers. I also learned great money management skills through our many Scout adventures. The commitment to community service and just being the best person you can be is at the heart of scouting. Living the Girl Scout values is still key to who I am today.

"There's never been anything I thought I couldn't do. Maybe a question of how to do it but not can't do. That's what Girl Scouts did for me, it built confidence."

- Former Girl Scout Christine Johnson


Managing Editor of The Voice Tribune and Entertainment Correspondent for WHASlTs 'Great Day Uve!" / Girl Scout from age 8 to age 12

MEMORIES: Camping! I can pitch a tent, build a fire, and make a meal. But I'm still not fond of latrines!

THE IMPACT: Teamwork! Working together with others. Leadership - being a leader, that's what Girl Scouts was all about for me. Teamwork forces you to learn to rely on other people, be trusting.

My sister, Stephanie, was born with multiple disabilities, and she was in our troop. To see the kindness to her, and watch her do things and succeed, was important for me. And it was also to have fun and be silly. I was very driven when I was a child and it's important to have fun and enjoy once in awhile.

"I learned confidence my abilities, public speaki.. being in front of others."

Former Girl Scout Angie Fenton


CEO, Girl Scouts of Kentucklana - retired In 2007 after 9 years / Was a Girl Scout, a volunteer troop leader and day camp leader / Was assistant executive director from 1985 to 1998 before becoming CEO.

MEMORIES: My Girl Scout leader (Mrs. Lovell), believed we could do anything and gave us opportunities to make our own choices. Of the girls in the troop I led in the 1980s -they proved that Girl Scouts does, indeed, build women of courage, confidence, and character.

THE IMPACT: The values in the Girl Scout Law and Promise ore my values - Girl Scouting still describes who I aspire to be - a woman of courage, confidence, and character who makes the world a better place.

PASSING IT ON: Both of Fran's daughters were Girl Scouts and "they each have a daughter now and have been very emphatic about their intention to become her Girl Scout leader when she's old enough. In fact, this year my older granddaugnter is a Daisy Girl Scout for the first time and my daughter is the troop leader."

"Girls Scouts teaches teamwork, you can get more done as a team."

Former Girl Scout Fran Fach


Vice President - Sr. Lending Officer, Republic Bank / Girl Scouts from Kindergarten through 4th grade / Girl Scout leader In 2004

MEMORIES: Making salsa and learning to cut veggies. Manners class, learning to set a table, how to use proper utensils. Science project of blowing air in trash bag to use as mattress.

THE IMPACT: Girl Scouts teaches respect for your classmates and that everyone's opinion matters. This is helpful in my marriage, with family members, and while dealing with issues at work. Girl Scouts teaches each girl to be honest yet strong, confident, and courageous. These are needed in everyone's daily life.

"Girl Scouts teaches onfidence to help be successful In everyday dealings."

- Former Girl Scout Amy Brown

ToGotHer There. As Girl Scouts embark on a new century, with a renewed promise to empower girls, our work has never been more important. We face a leadership imbalance that discounts or devalues half our talent pool. We can change this. In 2012 - the Year of the Girl - Girl Scouts is launching ToGetHer There, a bold, multi-year campaign to change our leadership landscape in one generation. By working together, we can inspire and prepare today's girls to become tomorrow's leaders. We can create stronger balanced leadership that serves us all well, because when girls succeed society succeeds.


Community Volunteer / CEO of Girl Scouts Kentucklana - retired In 1997 / Held various positions at Girl Scouts Kentucklana for 16 years and then CEO for another 16 years.

MEMORIES: Learning new things; making new friends; camping

THE IMPACT: It taught me how to care for people, how to mentor,- and to have fun while I used my leadership. These lessons have stayed with me throughout my life and career.

"Our legacy is for our young girls to have the opportunity for leadership experience."

- Joyce Seymour


Retired - formally owner/manager Burwinkle-Hendershot Co., Inc. / leader of her daughter's girt scouts troop for six years.

MEMORIES: When I was 10, my family moved to Louisville, and I wanted to be a Girl Scout. Years before that my sister had been a Brownie, and I had read her Brownie Handbook, wishing I could be a part of a troop. When my mother called, she was told that the troop for my school and grade was full. I decided then that if I ever had a daughter, she could be a Girl Scout. Many years later, I became a leader for my daughter's troop. She is now a council president and board chair.

HER PROMISE TO PASS IT ON: My daughter is a Lifetime Member of Girl Scouting and in her second year as a leader of her daughter's Girl Scout Daisy troop.

THE IMPACT: Through Girl Scouting, I have learned how to interact with and work with a wide variety of people in a wide variety of situations. I have learned to recognize and appreciate my strengths, to listen to others, to be confident. Just as Girl Scouting helps girls develop to their potential, it also helps adults.

"Girl Scouts helps girls find who they are, their best potential, and from that they can figure out what they want to do in their lives."

-Cynthia Weller


News Anchor, WAVE 3 / Girl Scout from age 6-14

MEMORIES: I loved Girl Scouts. It gave me a sense of pride and accomplishment. I experienced things I would never have gotten the chance to do, like archery, target shooting, identifying trees, and leadership. I had lots of badges. I loved archery and nature! I can identify any tree! Bring me a leaf!

THE IMPACT: Whenever you are touched by such a positive powerful light it makes an imprint on you: The lessons you learn, the character you build, the people you meet. Girl Scouts is not just about being a girl. It's about being a good, well-rounded person who is prepared for life and also prepared to jump in and make a difference for others and the planet. I will always be proud to say I am a Girl Scout.

"Even at a young age, all those experienc and lessons become part of you just like a birthmark... a mark of honor."

- Former Girl Scout Dawne Gee

Going for the QoW As Girl Scouting's highest honor, the Gold Award recognizes exemplary leadership and achievement through rigorous service projects that demonstrate lasting, sustainableimpacts.

Congratulations to the local 2011 Fall Gold Award recipients: Kate Breitenstein * Jacquelyn Brown * Taylor Brown * Rachel Bunger * DeAnna Collins * Amber Craft * Kayla Craft * Amanda Fowler * Jordan Gamble * Katie Grinnell * Samantha Harper * Miranda Kaake * Victoria LeBlanc * Tama McConnell * Colleen Ohler * Brittany Owen * Elaina (Katie) Post * Katie Pruitt * Madeline Rogers * Samantha Rogers * Olivia Senter * Sydney Shelton * Chelsea Stevens * Haylee Taylor * Anna Webber * April Willis

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