A lifetime Girl Scout and longtime Girl Scout staff member from Wichita is being inducted this week into the Association of Girl Scout Executive Staff (AGSES) Hall of Fame.
Patty Williams, retired Volunteer Support Specialist for Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland, will be honored this week during a Hall of Fame induction at the site of G.I.R.L. 2017, Girl Scouts of the USA's 54th National Council Session and Convention in Columbus, Ohio. The Hall of Fame was established more than 30 years ago and recognizes AGSES members whose dedication and achievements have significantly furthered the vision and goals of AGSES.
Hall of Fame honorees "exemplify the organization's beliefs in professional development and ethical conduct, subscribe to the belief that each member must take responsibility for the integrity and consequence of her/his actions, agree to uphold the highest standards of honesty, integrity, and fairness, and have made a measurable impact on the association and its members," AGSES stated in its Hall of Fame announcement.
Patty, who retired in 2016 from Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland after 20 years of service to Girl Scouts, currently serves on the AGSES Board of Directors. In 2014, she served as chair of the AGSES Hall of Fame and Learning Activities for the National Girl Scout Convention in Salt Lake City, and she also has served on and chaired the AGSES Nominating Committee.
A lifetime Girl Scout, Patty was troop leader for her daughter's troop from 1980-88 and for her niece's troop in 1994-95. She also volunteered as Service Unit Membership Committee Chair and other committees before joining the Wichita Girl Scout Council staff in 1996, spending her first seven years working with middle school and high school students in the "Teen Talk" outreach program. In 2003, she moved into the Field Services role, now called Volunteer Support, where she knew firsthand what volunteers needed to be successful.