RUSSELL — Edie McQuade, longtime volunteer and program manager for Girl Scouts groups in Russell, was awarded the Juliette Gordon Low Lifetime Achievement Award on Monday by Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland in recognition of her decades of service.


As the highest volunteer award available at Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland, the Juliette Gordon Low Lifetime Achievement Award honors women who live the Girl Scout mission and embody the principles of the organization’s founder, Juliette Gordon Low. Recipients have contributed in a significant and unique way to Girl Scouting within the council, leaving a continued impact on girls and adults, and exemplifying the Girl Scout Promise and Law, according to a news release.


McQuade, who has earned several other Girl Scouts honors, has served in a number of roles, including product program manager for several troops, planned numerous activities for Girl Scouts in Russell, led five counties as a service unit manager for multiple years, contributed to her service unit’s finance committee and acted as community coordinator. She is a charter member of the Juliette’s Pearls Leadership Society in 2014.


"The more I worked with the girls, the more fun it was to see the look on their faces as they master a skill, or ’get’ what it is we are trying to learn. I first started out as a leader so that my daughter, Beth, would have a great experience in Girl Scouts. The effort one puts in as a leader is so worth it. You get back as much, or more than you give. It has always been a team effort, and it was the great support on many other leaders that kept me coming back year after year. Then in turn, I tried to mentor new leaders. Girl Scouts is a great organization for girls to explore their world," McQuade said in a statement.


To learn more about Girl Scout volunteers and the Juliette Gordon Low Lifetime Achievement Award, visit www.kansasgirlscouts.org.