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“Make things happen for you, don’t just let them happen to you.”

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Pat Allen became a Girl Scout in grade school when she started Brownies, and received her 50-year pin last year. Though she vividly remembers her elation at wearing her uniform for that year’s school picture, a lifetime of memories and lasting fulfillment from her service and support of Girl Scouts continues to bring her incredible joy.

Growing up in Syracuse, Pat joined the local council and helped plan women’s empowerment events, assisted with younger troops, and even traveled to Mexico City and the British Virgin Islands on service trips.

Pat stayed involved through college, and once she had a daughter of her own, she led her troop and began creating new memories with her, including visiting Pax Lodge in London together during a family trip.

One of the most rewarding experiences in Pat’s Girl Scout journey was rallying her community to raise over $50,000 to make their Larchmont house ADA-accessible for Olivia, a girl who uses a wheelchair who wanted to become a Daisy. “Girl Scouting is for every girl,” says Pat. “We do what we need to do to make that a reality.”

Through many volunteer roles over 50 years, Pat has cemented her lifelong passion for Girl Scouts. And by making a gift to Girl Scouts in her will, Pat is following the example set by her mother, who also made a legacy gift. She tells us, “I believe in our organization — what it does for our girls — and I believe it has to be financially supported to keep going.”

We are so grateful for Juliette Gordon Low Society members like Pat, who are securing a bright future for Girl Scouts.