Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland has awarded the council’s highest honor – the Juliette Gordon Low Achievement Award – to longtime volunteer Rosemary Smith of Haysville.
Rosemary, who began volunteering in 1960 as a Brownie troop leader, received the distinguished award for demonstrating unique and significant contributions across the council. The Juliette Gordon Low Achievement Award, introduced by Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland in 2012 and named after the founder of Girl Scouts of the USA, also recognizes those who have a continued impact and embody the values in the Girl Scout Promise and Law.
Since becoming a troop leader in 1960, Rosemary has volunteered in every capacity of Girl Scouting: adviser, trainer, committee member, camp director, board member, national delegate, and more. Rosemary always had her hand up to help! She served on the council's Outdoor Program Committee for 11 years and as committee chair for five years. She also served on the council's property committee for 13 years, the Wichita Area Board of Directors for six years, and on the Festival of Giving Committee for 33 years, including seven years as committee chair. She attended nine National Girl Scout Conventions and has served on the executive board of Girl Scout Alumni & Friends for eight years, currently serving as co-chair of the council's historical collection.
Rosemary's legacy may best be demonstrated by the accomplishments of the girls she mentored:
- 6 girls earned the First Class rank
- 5 girls earned the Gold Award
- 1 girl became a Girl Scout staff member and
- 17 girls became troop leaders themselves!
Longtime volunteer Shirley Mosher, who earned the award in 2014, summed it up well: "Rosemary exemplifies what Juliette Gordon Low wanted adult leaders to be!"
To see the list of the 2015 Volunteer Award and Girl Award recipients, click here.