2022 Legacy Pearl Honoree
Jane Pracht Lambertz was born in Wichita, Kansas in 1921. She began her love affair with all things Girl Scouts when she joined the organization in her youth. She reminisced fondly of her many scouting activities and maintained a special affection for The Girl Scout Little House. Her life epitomized the Girl Scout motto “Do a good turn daily” and was characterized by her “can do” attitude.
She graduated from St. Mary’s Cathedral High School, Wichita, and attended Mount St. Scholastica College in Atchison, Kansas, and University of Texas, Austin. After the United States entered WWII, Jane returned to work at Beech Aircraft as a secretary in the Administrative Offices.
She married Vern Lambertz on November 27, 1947 with whom she raised a son and two daughters, all of whom were active in scouting. Jane was a Cub Scout Pack Leader and assistant Girl Scout Leader as her children became involved.
Jane was a devout Catholic, active in the Altar Society at Church of the Magdalen. She was a member of the Delta Rho Sigma Sorority, Beta Chapter, serving as President in 1959-1960. She was President of Monican Circle, 1960-1961. In addition, Jane was a member of the National Council of Catholic Women and served on the Board of Directors at Mt. Carmel Academy.
Her passion for scouting led her to leadership activities on the Board of Directors of the Wichita Area Girl Scout Council (WAGSC) from 1959-1969, serving as Cookie Sale Chair (1960-1962). Cookie Sales “topped all previous records in WAGSC” in 1960, and this trend continued each year that Jane chaired Cookie Sales.
Jane also served on the Public Relations Committee, and as Vice-President and ultimately as President of the Wichita Area Girl Scout Council in 1965-1966. A highlight of her Presidency was the visit of Lady Olave Baden-Powell, World Chief Guide, in March 1966. During this visit, Lady Baden-Powell planted a tree at The Girl Scout Little House to commemorate her visit.
2022 Legacy Pearl Honoree
Jan Chandler Randle frequently refers to herself as a “Professional Volunteer,” and that title fits her perfectly. Not only has she given her talents and time over the years to the Girl Scouts, but also to the Junior League of Wichita, Wichita Children’s Home, Arts Partners, Kansas Society of Children with Challenges, the Wichita Public Library Board and the Wichita Art Museum, to name just a few. Jan also has the passion to be a long-time member of the “Thursday Afternoon Cooking Club,” “The Book Club” and “Shakespeare Club”.
In the late 1970s, Jan became a Girl Scout Troop Leader (even though she was a Campfire Girl in her youth). She generously provided refreshments for Girl Scout troops attending day camp at the Little House in Wichita’s Oak Park. By 1991, Jan was serving as the Chair of the Nominating Committee for the Board of Directors, helping raise money for our Council by serving on the Planning Team for the “Urban Campout” in 1998, and also serving on the Girl Scouts of the Golden Plains Council Board of Directors from 1999-2000 as a Member-at-Large. Acknowledging her organizational skills and creativity, Jan was appointed as Third Vice President (2000-2002), First Vice President (2003-2005), and ultimately elected to serve as Board President in 2006.
Also in 2006, Girl Scouts of the United States of America announced a “realignment of Council boundaries” throughout the nation. For Kansas, it meant that Girl Scouts of the Golden Plains Council was to merge with five other councils in Kansas and form a new one. It was determined that it would be headquartered in Wichita. This new Council would need a new inclusive name and a new Board of Directors with a broad representation.
Budgets needed to be consolidated, properties cataloged, organizational bylaws rewritten and some staff changes considered. Jan took on the task to help all of the merging councils work together. She was absolutely the right leader for this moment! Soon, a realignment task force was making progress, a new CEO was hired, and Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland was born.
2021 Legacy Pearl Honoree
Dee Rolph is a champion Girl Scout! She served as a member of the Board of Directors from 1989-1993. In that four-year span, she was troop leader for one of her daughters and chaired the capital campaign to raise $2,000,000 for the new Girl Scout Center, which opened in 1992. Dee Rolph has been a supporter of the Girl Scouts both in advocacy and philanthropy ever since.
Dee’s love of nature is obvious to all who know her. Fishing is her favorite sport, but she loves to hunt as well. So much so that she made sure all the girls in her troop received their Hunter Safety Certificates. Dee helped create new opportunities at many of our Girl Scout Camps. For example, she championed the horse program at Camp Wiedemann. At Starwoods Outdoor Program Center, Dee was an integral part in creating the High Adventure Course. She loves seeing Girl Scouts of all ages zip-lining over the lake, enjoying the climbing tower, and experiencing the shooting range for archery, BB guns, and water balloon sling shots. And, it is no surprise that she is equally fond of camping.
Dee is a founding member and the first Honorary Chair of the Juliette’s Pearls Leadership Society, a group of more than 100 Kansas community leaders who came together in 2014 to raise awareness and funding for the Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland Council. The Juliette’s Pearls Leadership Society has raised, over the last eight years, more than $750,000 for Girl Scout Leadership Experiences for our Kansas Girl Scouts.
Our council is very grateful for the incredible impact that Dee Rolph has made. She shares her great sense of humor, her yearn to travel, the love of the out-of-doors, the importance of friendships, and shows us all exactly how to build girls of courage, confidence, and character!
2019 Legacy Pearl Honoree
In 1957, Wichita’s Cowtown was in trouble. Rumors were swirling that
the City Commission wanted to shut down the fledgling attraction.
There was very little funding, no paid staff and the grounds were only
open on special occasions. There was a real possibility that Historic
Wichita, Inc. would disband and Cowtown would close. But Marge Kirby
saddled up the Girl Scout Cavalry and rode to the rescue! In the
summer of 1958, she organized 45 Girl Scout troops to staff each of
the Cowtown buildings with 2 Girl Scouts and an adult for the entire
summer. As a result, 20,000 people showed up. Cowtown was saved and so
began the museum’s most enduring and fondly remembered
For the next 18 years, every summer, Marge Kirby, her famous whistle at the ready, commanded legions of Girl Scouts at the museum. Some remember Marge as being sweet and loving and some remember her as being more demanding and exacting, but there was absolutely no doubt that she loved being part of the Girl Scout program at Cowtown. The girls wore their full uniforms and learned short historical scripts (or elocutions as the Victorians would have called them) to share with visitors who came from every state and more than 40 foreign countries to get a taste of the rough and tumble Old West.
The Girl Scouts brought life and vitality to Cowtown and as it prospered and grew into a world class living history museum, the girls became costumed reenactors portraying young ladies on the Victorian frontier. The building that housed the Girl Scout program was renamed Kirby House in Marge’s honor, and in 2008, to celebrate the 50-year anniversary of the Cowtown and Girl Scout partnership, there was an accounting of the number of service hours donated by Girl Scouts over the years. The total: 1,650,000 hours!
2019 Legacy Pearl Honoree
Jayne Sheils Smith was once described as a “fiery red-head” with a quick wit, a knack for leadership and savvy in financial management. She was born in Rochester, New York on June 25, 1911. Jayne grew up and was educated in Rochester and that is where she learned about volunteerism and leadership. During World War II, Jayne was the Director of the Rochester USO (United Service Organization) making it the most popular place for servicemen to meet and eat, from Toronto to Buffalo.
Through USO, Jayne met the love of her life, George W. Smith. At the conclusion of World War II, Jayne and George were married and moved to Wichita, Kansas, where George returned to his work in law enforcement. This debutante from Rochester enjoyed her life in Wichita. In February of 1951, Jayne Smith was selected to be the Executive Director of the Wichita Area Girl Scout Council. This is a position that she held until her retirement in 1979. During those 28 years of leadership, her focus was primarily on providing services for girls, so it was no wonder that the overall membership increased by 250 percent. She shared her leadership skills by serving on many other community boards and even encouraged men to participate as Board Members on the Wichita Area Girl Scout Council Board.
Jayne Smith’s leadership acumen and her progressive goals also brought numerous honors from the National and Regional Girl Scout Boards and many other organizations. In 1979, Jayne was honored as a Woman of Achievement by the Wichita Chapter of Professional Women in Communications.
To carry on her legacy, Jayne established the George W. and Jayne Smith College Scholarship Fund that has enabled many graduating High School Senior Girl Scouts to live their dreams of attending college. For the rest of her life, it brought Jayne great pride to hear of the successes of “her girls.”
2018 Legacy Pearl Honoree
Beverly lived a life full of compassion, humor, persistence and commitment. During World War II, she was the first female window clerk in the Wichita Post Office. At the age of 20, she opened and operated a restaurant with her father in downtown Wichita named “Beverly’s Cafeteria.” She successfully operated this business until her marriage to Edmond Fiedler in 1950. Together they had three children, Ellen, Ann and Fritz. Bev’s greatest joy centered around raising these three children.
When Beverly’s daughters became Brownies, she became involved and enlisted her neighbor, Joann Kamas, to help as well. Beverly was a troop leader for many years and especially provided guidance to the members of Senior Mariner Troop 178, while letting the troop members sand and varnish the paddles, rudder and running board for their troop’s sailboat in her garage. Beverly also helped the troop members write, edit and produce “Spotlight on Seniors.” This publication, printed on a mimeograph machine, highlighted all of the current activities of every Senior Girl Scout Troop in the Wichita area. Beverly served on the Wichita Area Girl Scout Council’s Board of Directors, as a Wider Opportunities Selection Committee Member, and she accompanied the Senior Girl Scouts from the Wichita Area attending the last National Girl Scout Roundup in Coeur D’Alene, Idaho in 1965. Bev and her friend, Donna Dilsaver, enjoyed a flying excursion over the Wiedemann property in the Flint Hills that would eventually be known as Girl Scout Camp Wiedemann.
In 1980, when Beverly questioned why a ticket drive was not being held for the Wichita State Women’s Basketball Team, she told them that she would be the first Season Ticket Chairperson. Beverly launched into supporting WSU Women’s Basketball with fervor. Years later, at Beverly’s funeral, many WSU players and Girl Scouts spoke and sang in her honor.
Beverly was a charter member of Girl Scout Alumni and Friends, as well as Botanica. She was active in Eastern Star and the Wichita Symphony Women’s Association. She established the Wichita Chapter of Parents and Families of Lesbians and Gays and answered their helpline for many years out of her home. In 1990, Beverly traveled with her family to Oklahoma to see the AIDS Memorial Quilt. She was instrumental in bringing the Quilt to Wichita in 1991. If you knew Beverly Fiedler, you knew love.
As a troop leader, Board Member, camper, chaperone, sailboat navigator, committee member, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, friend, confidante, sports enthusiast, and community leader, Beverly Fiedler truly embodied the Girl Scout Promise and inspired us all!
2018 Legacy Pearl Honoree
Make New Friends but Keep the Old, One is Silver and the Other Gold…
This is one of the first songs Shirley learned when she joined Girl Scouts in 1941 at age 7. Shirley was a Girl Scout during World War II and remembers going door to door to collect items for the war effort. She continued through Intermediate and Senior Girl Scouts. Shirley attended Turkey Creek Camp for two years. Her mother, Marjorie Coombs, was one of her co-leaders and was also on the Girl Scout Board of Directors.
Shirley was married in 1956 to Richard Mosher. Together they have three children, Sandy, Ron and Sheryl. When Sandy began second grade, Shirley volunteered to be her Brownie leader. She continued on with both daughters as Brownie, Junior, and Cadette Leader. The troops enjoyed many Girl Scout activities, including frequent camping outings starting with Little House and Camp Seikooc. After the girls became seasoned campers, they enjoyed the ultimate challenge, “roughing it,” at Land’s End at Camp Wiedemann. During these years, she also volunteered in the Girl Scout Neighborhood as troop organizer, neighborhood chairman, cookie chairman, and camp promoter.
As the children got older, Shirley made the decision to seek employment. The Girl Scout council heard of her decision and it wasn’t long before she received a call from them. They offered her a paid position as a part-time Field Aide. She accepted. Thus began Shirley’s professional Girl Scout career.
During her Scouting career she has held many, many positions: field director, Older Girl Program and Planning Board Director, Camp Director at Camp Seikooc for eight years, program director and trainer, membership director supervising the field staff, special needs coordinator, camp coordinator, and Old Cowtown Coordinator. Shirley also had the opportunity to serve as Interim Executive Director between Karen McQuigan and Joann Kamas.
Shirley was employed by the Wichita Area Girl Scout Council in 1974 and retired, after 22 years, in 1996. But that was not the end of her Girl Scout career. Since retirement, she has remained active and worked with Girl Scout Alumni & Friends in many different ways, including holding the position of President of this dedicated group of Girl Scout supporters.
Shirley spent countless hours working with Dolores Crum on our council’s Historical Collection. The collection began in the basement of the Girl Scout Office and was moved to its current location at Starwoods Outdoor Center. Shirley spent at least 10 years gathering and organizing various historical Girl Scout artifacts collected locally and statewide.
Shirley Mosher has been involved with Girl Scouting for more than 70 years. She is a Lifetime Member of Girl Scouts. During her years in Girl Scouting, she has met many wonderful people, and thus she personifies the song, Make New Friends but Keep the Old.
2017 Legacy Pearl Honoree
Mary Dolores Collins Crum retired after 47 remarkable years of service to the Wichita Area Girl Scout Council. To Girl Scouting and in every phase of her life, Dolores has brought warmth, devotion and enthusiasm.
It was said at her retirement, “Dolores has worn so many hats in her tenure with Girl Scouting, it is safe to assume that she knows every facet of what it means to offer Girl Scouting to thousands of girls and adults.” She has served as Director of Camping, program, training, adult recruitment, and special events. The National Association of Girl Scout Executive Staff inducted Dolores into its Hall of Fame. Dolores’ influence continued for a number of years with one of the Girl Scout Alumni & Friends annual scholarships being named the Dolores Collins Crum Scholarship. Her expert writing and research skills came in handy when Dolores penned our Girl Scout Council’s history book entitled For The Girls. This book chronicles the Council’s 75 year history, from 1925 to 2000.
Dolores’ committed citizenry extends through Girl Scouting and into the community. Her care for her church, her family and her community is reflected in her service to the Governor’s Commission on Juvenile Delinquency, United Way Committee to Offer Camping to Low Income Children, Model Cities Task Force on Recreation, The Junior League of Wichita, St. Thomas Aquinas Altar Society, Delta Delta Delta Alumnae, and League of Women Voters, to name a few. She has been married to Charles Crum for 57 years, and together they are passionate fans of Wichita State and KU Basketball.
Dolores Crum personifies the Girl Scouting movement and we are truly grateful for her generous service
2017 Legacy Pearl Honoree
Joann Kamas served as the Executive Director of the Wichita Area Girl Scout Council from 1987 to 1999, during which time she was known for her high-energy style of leadership, combined with a wonderful love for Girl Scouting and Girl Scout volunteers. She inspired many to make the Council an exceptional example of what Girl Scouting can be for all girls.
Joann put a premium on the importance of volunteering; she truly practiced what she preached. Prior to taking the position as Executive Director, Joann served as a member of the council’s Board of Directors, as well as two terms as President. Joann was active as a council committee member and troop leader. She also served in many other community and professional organizations.
Joann took the initiative to work with the City of Wichita to establish the current network of bike trails and to educate the public about the importance of water conservation.
Joann once said, "I would like to leave a small mark. Sometimes I think people are afraid to give of themselves, but once they know what it feels like, they're hooked. You feel like a valuable person when you're giving."
In fact, many in this room today were “hooked” by Joann’s ability to bring together volunteers with shared talents and their love for Girl Scouts. In return, many friendships were made that have lasted a lifetime.
Joann died suddenly March 26, 1999 after suffering a heart attack while vacationing in Amman, Jordan, with her family.
Joann Kamas left more than a small mark on our community. We will well remember her love of Girl Scouting, her commitment to helping girls become the leaders of tomorrow, her strong example, her tireless energy and her ability to make all she knew feel welcomed, valued and a friend.
2017 Legacy Pearl Honoree
Gladys Gardner and Karl T. (K.T.) Wiedemann were married on July 22, 1950, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where Gladys was born and raised. K.T. was originally from El Dorado, Kansas. Shortly after their marriage, they moved to Wichita to be closer to their business interests. Together they shared a deep love for the scenic Flint Hills of Kansas.
To help support the place in which they lived and operated their business, the couple established the K.T. Wiedemann Foundation, Inc. in 1959. Mrs. Wiedemann was extremely active in the foundation, with the vision for a finer quality of life in Wichita and the state of Kansas. The foundation supported many organizations, but Gladys took a special interest in youth and particularly in the Girl Scouts.
In 1959, a campsite of 120 acres near Beaumont, Kansas, was purchased from the Wiedemann's and became the council’s first resident camp. In 1961 it was named Camp Wiedemann. The camp welcomed its first campers in 1967 and served thousands of girls and adults over the next 37 years. Mrs. Wiedemann enjoyed visiting the camp during the summer program, and the campers were excited to visit with the camp’s namesake, too.
Mrs. Wiedemann was actively involved in the foundation until her death in 1991. We are grateful for all the memories and opportunities that were bestowed by Mrs. Wiedemann’s giving spirit. It has been said that if you listen closely, you can hear girls’ voices and the melody of the song “Welcome to Wiedemann” drifting through the blue-stemmed grasses of the Flint Hills. Thank you, Mrs. Wiedemann.
2016 Legacy Pearl Honoree
Bertha Milbank was born in 1911 in New Mexico Territory. Throughout her 101 years, Bertha forged her way in life with determination and a firm direction for the future. She graduated from Missouri Valley College with a degree in math and physical education and supported herself through the Great Depression being paid in scrip, not cash. She later married Dr. George Milbank and had two daughters, Elizabeth and Sally.
As in everything, she poured herself into innumerable civic groups — often as board chair or president. These include Wichita Area Girl Scout Council, medical auxiliaries, the arts, parliamentarians (local and national), Episcopal Church groups (local and national), Daughters of the American Colonies and the American Revolution and Kansas Children's Service League.
Bertha was also focused on teaching future leaders, especially young girls. She guided others to use their talents for the greater good and to make a difference in the world. She taught by example and to give completely of oneself in time, talent and resources.
As a leader among leaders, Girl Scouts fit perfectly with the goals and aspirations she held dear. Bertha would be proud of the newly formed Juliette's Pearls Leadership Society, where girls will thrive with the support of so many mentors.
2016 Legacy Pearl Honoree
Mrs. Frank L. Carson, Carrie May, contributed to the success and growth of Girl Scouts in the very early years of the Wichita Girl Scout Council, chartered in 1925. The first record we have of Carrie May’s Girl Scout involvement is in the 1929 First Presbyterian Church records as a committee member for Troop 1. Undoubtedly, she contributed to the arrangements and successful convening in Wichita of delegates from five states at the Covered Wagon Region Girl Scouts Conference in April, 1930. This early 1930s photograph (shown above) depicts Carrie May with her four daughters, Mary Martha, Virginia, Frances and Caroline, all members of Troop 1.
By this time she was a First Deputy Commissioner of the council and she also continued to support activities of Troop 1. Early council records are sparse, but we know that Carrie May’s active council involvement continued through at least 1935, when she is cited for her “untiring efforts” in planning a Field Institute gathering in January. Her daughters also remained active Girl Scout members, with Mary Martha joining the camp staff in 1933 and leading archery activities. Frances and Virginia are mentioned as girl leaders during the Wichita Girl Scout Conference in 1937 celebrating Girl Scouting’s 25th anniversary. It is thanks to the vision and efforts of women such as Carrie May Carson, that Girl Scouts prospered from a troop of eight girls to a council of more than 1,000 girls and 116 leaders by 1939.
2016 Legacy Pearl Honoree
Edna Mae Deines is a lifelong Girl Scout; however, her actual scouting experience started as a Cub Scout leader for her son Brian’s den. When her daughter, Tracey, reached Brownie age, Edna joined as well as a troop leader. Together they journeyed through Tracey’s Senior Girl Scout experience. Edna took the same tactic with her daughters Shelley and Darcey; thus, she was a leader for 21 years and for 12 of those years she led two troops.
In addition, Edna also served as the Neighborhood Chairman. Under Edna’s guidance the Girl Scouts were visible in the WaKeeney community: volunteering, earning badges, camping and being featured monthly for their accomplishments in the hometown newspaper. Beyond her local leadership positions, Edna served as District III Chairman (1977-1983), served on the Sunflower Council Board (1977-1983), and participated as Girl Scout founder “Juliette Low” at the 75th Daisy’s Diamond Celebration (1912-1987). Her active service to the Girl Scouts totaled 32 years. Edna received the Girl Scout Neighborhood Chairman of the Year Award (1977-1978), Scouter of the Year Sunflower Council (1982-1983), and the Juliette Gordon Low Girl Scout of the Year Award (1991). A native of WaKeeney, Edna is the wife of Myron Deines, the loving mother of four children, Brian, Tracey, Shelley and Darcey, and the grandmother of six.