6 New Society Members Commit to a Bright Future

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Dianne Belk, founding chair of the Juliette Gordon Low Society, welcomed Betty Skinner as a member when she came forward at the celebration with her commitment for a gift in her estate.

In November 2013, Dianne Belk, founding chair of the Juliette Gordon Low Society, and her husband, Lawrence Calder, traveled to Jacksonville, Fla., for a very special occasion. Girl Scouts of Gateway Council organized a celebration that included Dianne pinning six new members to the Juliette Gordon Low Society.

To join the Society, the new members included gifts to the council in their wills or other estate plans.

At the celebration, Dianne spoke eloquently about her Girl Scout experiences and credited Girl Scouts with much of her personal success. She also mentioned the importance of giving back and the ease of making a commitment to Girl Scouts through your overall estate or financial plans.

"It isn't a question of: Why would we leave a legacy gift to Girl Scouts?" Dianne said. "It is a question of: Why wouldn't we?"

You Make the Difference

The real stars of the evening, however, were the donors. Betty Skinner, a lifetime member of Girl Scouts and former council board chair, was one of those stars.

A "green blood," Betty has been supporting Girl Scouts for years. She came forward at the celebration with her commitment for a gift in her estate, allowing her to be pinned as a new member of the JGL Society.

Betty's gift will help ensure that future Girl Scouts have the opportunity to reach their fullest potential.

Be an Inspiration!

Have you included a gift to Girl Scouts in your estate plan? hhessam@girlscouts.org">Let us know so we can welcome you into the Juliette Gordon Low Society. Your membership can inspire others.

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