As Girl Scouts commemorates its 100th anniversary, Bertha Milbank celebrated her 100th birthday in 2011. Bertha, also known as “Peanut,” is a long time children’s advocate for over 50 years and Girl Scout volunteer.
Mrs. Milbank was only the ninth recipient of the First Citizen award, which she received in 1991. Wichita Mayor, Bob Knight declared June 10, 1991 as Bertha Milbank day. She served in several roles as a Girl Scout volunteer; troop leader, Old Cowtown committee, Board of Directors (1949-55) and Board President (1953-54), cookie distribution, and Festival of Giving committee.
Her fondest memories of Girl Scouts are teaching the girls about camping service learning and having fun together. Bertha learned as much from the girls as she taught them. “Never exchange life in Girl Scouts for anything else.”
“Girl Scouts has done a lot in 100 years. There are a lot of opportunities for girls to choose from today—Girl Scouts still remain strong today. Thank you to the people who are interested in carrying on Girl Scouts.” As Bertha Milbank celebrated her birthday she was visited by several of the women from Girl Scout Troop #56. She said she is very pleased with the women these girls became. “It is refreshing to know what you tried to do is worthy.”