A Tribute to John Bodi

The GSGLA family has lost an extraordinary, fiercely devoted member—John Bodi, whom we will miss dearly. John was a treasured, longtime GSGLA volunteer who lived the Promise and Law in all that he did, and dedicated many years to empowering and uplifting girls.

john bodi (002)John was a familiar face to generations of Girl Scouts, and began his involvement as a leader for his daughter’s Brownie troop. For 24 years, he was a co-leader for Senior/Ambassador Troop 1688, MSS Blue Madonna—helping the troop and service unit in many different capacities. In addition, John served on the Gold Award board and, for a period of time, supported many girls as their Gold Award advisor. He also served as a national delegate, and thoroughly enjoyed traveling to the Girl Scout convention and learning about other councils’ older girl programs— sharing his enthusiasm for the program back in Greater Los Angeles.

2007 Tambu4Moreover, we will remember John as a proud advocate for Camp Lakota, which held a special place in his heart. The camp became a personal project of John’s—into which he poured his boundless energy and expertise. He spent countless weekends with the “Camp Lakota Posse” and was able to obtain a myriad of donated supplies and materials for the camp. John also served on the council’s properties committee, where he helped plan for upcoming renovations to Lakota.

Despite John’s many commitments to GSGLA, we will remember him most for his dedication to all girls, everywhere. When learning of John’s passing, the comments from girls and their parents were the most telling of John’s true passion: He encouraged girls to make things happen, boosted their confidence, and taught them life skills. 

“… I still remember how John taught me how to pitch a tent and prepped us for various Tambu skills. He was a wonderful and inspirational man and leader. You’ll be missed. 

“… A true Scout and one of the kindest men I know. May he Rest In Peace and may all the ladies cherish all they have learned from such a wise and generous man. His grilled cheese will always be my favorite!!!” 

“…The hearts of many Girl Scouts are broken today. I have the best memories with you, John. Blue Mad won’t be the same without you. We are so thankful for the love and guidance you have provided for all of us. Sail away towards that sunset! Miss you. 

Memorial services are being planned for August. To honor John’s memory, his family and friends ask that you consider, in lieu of flowers, making a gift to the John Bodi Memorial Fund at GSGLA. Contributions will support the completion of the new dining hall—the future heart of Camp Lakota—where generations of growing Girl Scouts will make lifelong friendships and memories while enjoying the beautiful property so dear to John. Please visit http://girlscoutsla.thankyou4caring.org/camp-lakota.

All Is Well, Safely Rest

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.

Katie (pictured front, center) at our 2016 Annual Meeting & Volunteer Recognition Ceremony.

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