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Girl Scouts extends welcome to newest Board Members


Samantha Cary Dr. Susan L. Thomas

St. Louis, MO – July 27 – Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri recently announced the appointment of Samantha Cary and Dr. Susan L. Thomas to its Board of Directors. With the appointments, both Cary and Thomas have assumed the roles of Members-At-Large.

Joining the Board of Directors as a girl member is Samantha Cary, a junior at Francis Howell North High School. In addition to being an honor roll student, dedicated soccer player and thespian, Cary has been a Girl Scout for 11 years. During this time, Cary has tackled community issues important to her ultimately earning the Girl Scout Silver Award and Girl Scout Gold Award, two of the highest achievements in Girl Scouting. By earning the Gold Award, Cary joins the less than six percent of Girl Scouts who receive this honor.

Cary said her roles of Girl Scout, soccer player and actress will help her bring a unique perspective to the Board of Directors. In the course of her two-year term, Cary said she’ll use her new role to promote the number of leadership skill-building activities, programs and experiences offered to older Girl Scouts.

“Now that I’m a high school Girl Scout, there are so many more opportunities for me,” said Cary. “It’s not an everyday experience that you get to say as a teenager you’re on a Board of Directors.”

Dr. Susan L. Thomas served on the Board of Directors as Interim President of Truman State University in Kirksville, MO, and was re-elected this spring after officially beginning her duties as the university’s 17th President.

Thomas brings extensive leadership experience to her role as Member-At-Large in addition to a passion for increasing girls’ interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) fields. STEM is one of Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri’s focus areas, along with Money Management and Health. Seventy-seven percent of girls agreed that because of Girl Scouts, they are thinking about pursuing a career in technology, according to the Girl Scouts Research Institute.

“The Board of Directors and myself are grateful to have Samantha as a Member-At-Large and to receive Susan’s continued commitment to Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri,” said Bonnie Barczykowski, Chief Executive Officer of Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri. “It is imperative we support our girls in becoming courageous, confident leaders ready to make a difference in the world, and the addition of our two Board members helps further our mission.”