Girl Scouting and the lifelong friends I made shaped the person I became. My mother and my best friend’s mother volunteered to be leaders of our newly formed Brownie troop in Akron, Ohio (Western Reserve Council) in 1964. I progressed through Campus Girl Scouts, went to camp every summer, and worked at Girl Scout camps.

The biggest life changer was a council trip to National Center West in 1972. I came home and told my folks I was moving to Wyoming when I grew up! I worked at NCW 2 summers and moved to Casper, WY, in 1979 to work as a geologist. When the oil industry gave me the opportunity to look for a new career, I returned to college and became a career counselor at Casper College. The leadership and networking skills I learned in Girl Scouting helped me in my life and career. I served as the president of the Wyoming Girl Scout Council and Girl Scouts of Montana and Wyoming. My mother Betty, partner Leanne, and I are all Life Members, and all of my longest and best friends are Girl Scouts.