Louise credits Girl Scouts for making her a well-rounded person, as well as helping her to become more organized and disciplined, keeping her healthy and teaching her leadership, not just in Girl Scouts, but in other areas of her life.
Louise became involved in Girl Scouts at the age of 12. She discovered several Girl Scouts at a neighborhood church were doing so many activities in the community that she wanted to participate in, such as planting flowers and marching in parades. So one day, she went over to the church and asked to join the troop.
Once a Girl Scout, she became fascinated with all the merit badges and wanted to earn all of them. Louise earned 23 merit badges while a girl member. Some of the badges she earned included: Public Speaking, Music Appreciation [Musician], Photography [Photographer], Camping and Exploring [Pathfinder]. However, since she never learned to swim, she was not able to receive the First Class and Golden Eaglet because of this requirement.
After she graduated high school, Louise worked at the Columbus Girl Scout Council as an assistant. Besides handling the phones and other duties, she went out to the troops in the area and did trainings with the leaders. She even had the opportunity to be part of a welcome group for President Herbert H. Hoover and First Lady Lou Henry Hoover, Honorary National Girl Scout President, when they visited Columbus.
One of her favorite memories as an adult Girl Scout member was taking girls to day camp, held at a local Girl Scout camp. On the return trip home from camp, some of the girls spotted wild daisies along the roadside, which they requested permission to pick. When they returned to the bus, the girls had picked every daisy in sight, including a few roots. The bus driver found it so amusing; he took a photograph of them with Louise's camera.
Looking back on her adventures through Girl Scouts, Louise advises "all girls to become Girl Scouts and to work at it and not just sit around and do nothing. It will help them to be better citizens, and the girls will find that they will use their training as a Girl Scout many times during their lives.”
One example Louise gave was during a flu epidemic when she was a Deaconess through the Methodist Church at the Ethel Harpst Home–an orphanage in Cedartown, Georgia, where 150 children lived. Almost all of the staff was ill. She used numerous skills she learned in Girl Scouts to keep the orphanage going until the epidemic was over and the regular staff returned to work. She primarily used her cooking, laundry and nursing skills during this time.
Louise has enjoyed her time as a Girl Scout. Her time as a girl member and leader is something she will never forget. Louise is now retired, and resides in the Cincinnati area, where she is volunteering in her assisted living residence.