It is with great sadness that we inform the GSGLA family of the loss of an extraordinary Lifetime Girl Scout, Katie Jimenez. Katie was a Girl Scout for more than 50 years—and remained active up until her passing. She had served as a troop leader for all levels, director of events (Villages and Chocolate Candy Camp director), consultant, adult educator, instructor of trainers, service unit manager, and various legacy board positions.
Most recently, Katie served on the Volunteer Conference committee and in 2012 earned the Platinum Service Award with GSGLA (after having earned all of the volunteer awards with the Spanish Trails legacy council—including the prestigious Thanks and Thanks II Badges). Always helpful, cheerful, and brimming with Girl Scout knowledge and spirit, she even helped train our member services staff when we did our staff realignment two years ago.
Katie’s longtime Girl Scout sister Carol Cunningham shared these touching words about her friend: “I met Katie at the 1997 adult retreat when I was a Brownie leader. It was there she literally talked me into being a trainer for basic leader training. Well, it has been that way to the present. In a nutshell, Katie had a way of making you feel you were the best at what she wanted you to do, but you would always succeed. Okay, she was right, again. With this gift, Katie had numerous ladies and gentlemen help her with successful troops, trainings, and events. We have lost our ‘Sunny,’ but I hope all whom she has touched will continue her legacy of keeping the Girl Scout traditions alive and not forget who we are volunteering for, the girls.”
We will miss Katie very much and are so thankful for her selfless contributions to our Girl Scout Movement.
I’d like the memory of me to be a happy one,
I’d like to leave an afterglow of smiles when life is done.
I’d like to leave an echo whispering softly down the ways, of happy times and laughing times and bright and sunny days.
I’d like the tears of those who grieve, to dry before the sun of happy memories that I leave behind when day is done.
— Katie Jimenez