The editor:

    On April 22, 2015, Girl Scouts throughout the eastern half of Kentucky will honor their volunteers on Girl Scout Leader Appreciation Day during National Volunteer Week. Our dedicated leaders give of their time on a weekly basis to plan and lead fun, educational Girl Scout troop meetings and field trips. Whether it’s teaching them about health and wellness, taking them on a caving expedition or out to the stables to learn to ride a horse, going to an international fair to experience different cultures, or creating a space rocket out of paper, a film canister and Alka-Seltzer, Girl Scout leaders have creative minds and caring hearts to share with girls. They dedicate themselves year-round to helping girls grow into confident, resourceful young women.

    I have seen first-hand the positive effect of volunteerism in Eastern Kentucky and how Girl Scouts and their leaders make a difference in our community every day. For those of you who have a girl in Girl Scouting, please take a moment to think about her leader. Think about how at every meeting the leader is there to help your girl experience new challenges and gain new skills for the future. Think about the amount of time the leader devotes to preparing for the meetings while balancing family, work and other time constraints. Remember your Girl Scout leader with a note of thanks or a personal phone call or greeting. We would like to recognize and thank all of our leaders in Boyd, Carter, Greenup and Lawrence counties.

    You truly make a difference in the lives of girls. I encourage more people to follow in your footsteps by volunteering with the Girl Scouts. If you are interested in joining the ranks of these incredible leaders, please contact Karen Conn at kconn@gswrc.org or by calling (606) 325-2111. We are Girl Scouts of Kentucky’s Wilderness Road Council, where we build girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place.

Karen Conn

Membership Specialist

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