Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Celebrate the Magic

Our Adult Recognition Dinner was a well-attended and VERY special evening. From nostalgic photos through the years sprinkled through the decor to honors and recognitions that made one's heart melt, it was definitely an evening celebrating Magic Empire Council and the people who make it so special.

As we make the transition from Girl Scouts of Magic Empire Council into a larger council as Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma, our heritage will carry the magic into a new era. Two of my favorite moments from the evening are pictured. Above, our outgoing MECGS Board Chair (Sheila Hellen, left) and incoming GSEOK Board Chair (Joan Singleton, right) form part of a friendship circle (or shall I say sandwich?) with our continuing CEO, Karen Morgan. These three women have been pillars of the process and exemplified grace, strength and purpose.

Pictured below is Mary Lembcke, recipient of her 50 Year Membership Pin. As her granddaughter began to help her rise to come forward, the audience rose and gave Mary a standing ovation. Of course, tears fill my eyes. I love to see people honored by others - especially when it is for long-term dedication. 50 Years! It still makes me say, "WOW!" What made the night extra special is that her granddaughter received her 25 Year Pin - and was pinned with her mother's pin (who was not able to attend). Three generations of Girl Scouting! What was also amazing to me is that Mary has been a Girl Scout for almost as long as Magic Empire Council has been in existence!

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