In your own words – May 2013

What does volunteering for Girl Scouts mean to you?     

Leslie Seeley, EmporiaMy name is Leslie Seeley. I am an Emporia native and a Girl Scout volunteer. I was a Girl Scout as a child and now I serve the young women of Emporia as a Girl Scout volunteer. I work for ESB Financial, a locally-owned bank, as a branch manager. I graduated from Emporia State University in 2002 with a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and a Bachelor of Arts in German. My husband, Samuel, and I have 2 children. Sophia is 11 years old and a 5th grader at Walnut School. I have been her troop leader since she started Kindergarten in 2007. Calvin is 7 years old and a 1st grader at Walnut School. He is an active Cub Scout and lover of sports.

Why should I be a volunteer? When you volunteer in an organization like Girl Scouts, you are playing an active role in shaping the young women leaders of tomorrow. Our girls need strong, independent, self-sufficient women to care for them, build them up, give them confidence, and provide them with opportunities that will help them to learn and grow. Most of us would not be where we are today without the influence of the volunteers who helped us as children and young adults. Now, as adults we get the opportunity to not only give of ourselves to those who need us, but to work along others who share our passion for creating a better future and to learn from each other. We should never stop learning and never stop giving.

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