Submitted by Julie Gallagher
Northern & Northeastern CO
On February 22, 2017, World Thinking Day, Fort Collins Girl Scout Troop 72208 celebrated a long time Girl Scout that they met at Christmas time when they visited Turnberry Place Assisted Living.
At 93-years-young, Louise Jouard told the girls about being a Girl Scout. In fact, she was a Mariner Girl Scout from the state of Illinois and had her pins and membership cards dating back to 1932 for the girls to see.
Her pins were broken, but were still proud remembrances of years gone by. Troop 72208 honored Mrs. Jouard by giving her a new contemporary Girl Scout pin and WAGGGS pin in honor of World Thinking Day.
World Thinking Day has been celebrated by Girl Scouts since 1926, and is a day of international friendship, speaking out on issues that affect girls and young women around the world. Out of 196 countries, 146 countries have Girl Scout or Girl Guide programs.
Volunteer Support Specialist Julie Gallagher and Customer Care Specialist Gayle Richardson were also in attendance. Julie presented Mrs. Jouard with a Golden Girl Scout award to honor her being a Girl Scout for the past 85 years.
When the troop started to sing “The Brownie Smile Song,” Mrs. Jouard remembered the words half-way through and sang along. She also sang with the troop when they sang “Make New Friends.” The girls and their leader, Eva Wallace, were tickled pink that after all these years Mrs. Jouard still remembered the words!
The local newspaper, The Coloradoan, was also in attendance to capture this moment for all of Fort Collins read about.
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