Mixer Scouts for volunteers

By Laura Gossman Horihan

Post-Bulletin, Rochester MN

Rochester businesswoman Karen Cady has taught girls how to rock climb, showed them how to better their environment by picking up litter and showed them generosity by helping them make blankets for children that suddenly lost their mother.

Cady is a Girl Scout leader and began volunteering about three years ago.

Through her work as a leader, she’s helped several girls grow to be better citizens.


Cady doesn’t have any girls of her own, but she still thought she could make a difference in the lives of area girls.

"Parents are so busy juggling their kids’ activities with work, so it’s hard for them to volunteer time with a Girl Scout troop," she said. "Nonetheless, I know there are women out there who have time and want to make a difference."

That’s why the Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys has decided to hold an adult mixer from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. July 30 at Sontes in Rochester for area women who might be interested in sharing their knowledge and talents as volunteers.

Cady moved to Rochester and decided to visit the United Way Web site to see what kind of volunteer options she could find in the city.

Girl Scouts was on the list and she decided it was the best route for her.

She had been a Girl Scout when she was young and is now helping Rochester girls earn their badges.

"I like watching them grow," Cady said. "These are little girls that become strong and more capable of doing things."

When she initially looked into Girl Scouts, she thought she would be just a volunteer helper, but she later realized she wanted to be a leader.


She said the possibilities are endless when working with Girl Scouts. Volunteers can work with girls of all ages as event or trip chaperones, lead troops and lead special activities such as hiking or geocaching. Volunteers can also be money managers, become part of a support team or special interest team.

The adult-only event will cost $3 for the wine tasting. Free tapas, as well as door prizes, will also be part of the night.

To secure a spot at the event, contact Maggie Parham at or call 1-800-845-0787.

For more, go to

Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys

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