Thirty G.I.R.L.s (Go-getters, Innovators, Risk-takers, Leaders) TM are reuniting on Saturday, Oct. 27 to celebrate one of the most influential figures in their lives as young women, their 91-year-old Girl Scout troop leader, Sallie Simmons.
2018 marks a monumental moment in Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri’s history as the organization’s centennial anniversary. For 100 years, the Council has built girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. This year-long celebration has been an opportunity to honor the Council’s passionate volunteers, including the story of Sallie Simmons.
In 1995, after 30 years of service, Simmons retired from her role as Girl Scout troop leader. More than 20 years later, Simmons’ Girl Scouts are coming together to recognize her extraordinary leadership and to tell her she was their inspiration to dream big.
Simmons started volunteering as a troop leader for Girl Scouts in 1965 through All Saints Episcopal Church. Her first troop, Troop 1526, was a group of fourth and fifth graders. Eventually, Simmons organized and mentored multi-age troops through the church—girls in kindergarten through 12th grade.
Her camping excursions are some of the memorable adventures for some of her Girl Scouts. Dr. Kynedra Ogunnaike, a Girl Scout alum, current troop leader and Girl Scout parent, said Simmons was old school when it came to camping. They had to pitch their own tents, clean the latrines and cook their food. Dr. Ogunnaike attributes her leadership skills to Simmons who taught them to push past things they were afraid of and to be confident, strong women.
3-6 pm on Saturday, Oct. 27
The Choice Restaurant
3265 South Jefferson Ave
St. Louis, MO 63118