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A Tribute to Bobby Lerch 1910-2014

Dear Girl Scout Family, 

The first president of the Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital, Bobby Lerch, passed away on April 12, 2014. She was 104 years old and we celebrate her life.

Bobby joined Girl Scouts in 1924 when she was just 14 years old. She was immediately touched by the “amazing sisterhood” that embraced her. She was an extraordinary woman who we honored as the “Juliette Low” of our Council for her tireless dedication and lifelong commitment to providing girls access without boundaries to all that Girl Scouting has to offer. She also was a founding member of the Juliette Low Legacy Society, our planned giving efforts to ensure Girl Scouting into the future.

Earlier this year, Bobby was awarded the 90-Year Longevity Award to celebrate nine decades as a Girl Scout. During her lifelong journey, she fully understood the significant role of volunteers and parents, and found ways to bridge geographic, socio-economic and racial differences to create a stronger and more vital organization. Bobby was known for her commitment to empowering leaders through Girl Scouting. Her greatest accomplishment was leading the effort to integrate our camps to reflect the tremendous diversity and strength of our girls and volunteers.

To honor Bobby’s legacy to the Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital, we have established the Bobby Lerch Endowment for Girls to ensure that Girl Scouting is available to all girls in our Council. We hope that you will consider making a contribution in honor of Bobby and her legacy. Your contribution will ensure that our rich history, proud traditions, and enduring commitment to girls will continue in Bobby’s name. Please click here to donate now, and mark Bobby Lerch in the “In Memoriam” line on the form.

We will miss Bobby's wit and passion for our Council, but without a doubt, her spirit will continue to drive our Girl Scout Movement.

Many thanks and warmest regards always,

Signature of Diane Tipton

Diane Tipton
President of the Board
2014 Recipient of the “Bobby Lerch Legacy of Leadership” Award

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