Securian “Calling all Troops” for a Festive Lunchtime Meeting

Girl Scout alumnae at Securian are looking forward to a special “troop meeting” being held on Wednesday, June 22 in honor of Always a Girl Scout Week.

Girl Scout alumnae can wear green, bring their Brownie beanies, uniform sashes, badge books, and other fun memorabilia, share their camp memories, and register as alumnae on the River Valleys website.

Alumnae will come together over lunch to share their Girl Scout items and memories. They will also be able to nominate Girl Scout alumnae for the prestigious Centennial 100 Awards. Honorees are women who, through their lives and work, exemplify the culture, depth, diversity and spirit of the Girl Scouts.
Last week, to advertise the upcoming “troop meeting,” approximately 40 Securian associates showed up wearing green and sporting their sashes and other Girl Scout memorabilia to have their picture taken. They were very excited!

“Securian is a steadfast supporter of education and opportunities for young people to develop their full potential,” said Lori Koutsky, manager, Securian Foundation. “Girl Scouts of the USA has been a pioneer in providing service learning and leadership development opportunities for many generations of women.”

Sharing the Memories

Whether sharing its benefits or fond memories, Securian associates are enthusiastic about Girl Scouts.

“I was very much an introvert in elementary school,” says Lisa Carriere, senior associate actuary, Individual Actuarial. “Being part of the Girl Scouts helped me to come out of my shell a bit, gave me the chance to make new friendships that carried on through high school, and pushed me to try new things that I would not have otherwise experienced, like camping.

“My favorite Girl Scout memory is a 10-year friendship with another Girl Scout that started when I was assigned a pen pal in Calgary, Alberta, Canada,” says Lisa. “We wrote letters and sent photos back and forth for about eight years before we met face-to-face in high school when I flew to Calgary and spent a week with my pen pal and her family.“

“I have many great memories from my years as a troop leader,” says Juliann Nelson-Duffy, senior associate actuary, Corporate Tax. “Working with the girls on service projects and as they earned their Silver Award (one of Girl Scouts’ prestigious awards), I watched them develop leadership and project management skills and a concern for the community and world around them. I am still proud to have been part of it.”

“I wanted to earn as many badges as possible, and fill up my sash,” says Tammy Dunning, senior marketing assistant, Advantus Capital Management. “Camping, making crafts, and learning how to cook outside – especially the S’mores – was great. Girl Scout cookies were $1 a box. Life was good! I enjoyed my time being a Girl Scout.”

“I loved exploring new adventures, whether it was canoeing, camping, or crafting,” says Sara Holter, senior insurance advisory client services and marketing coordinator, Insurance Advisory.

“We tied a watermelon to a rock in the stream to keep it cold while we were camping,” says Melinda Peterson, investment administrator, Insurance Advisory. “Later, we pulled it out of the water and had ice cold watermelon for our afternoon snack.”

“My most vivid memory of Girl Scouts is camp. I was so enthusiastic about camping out that I jumped over a tree limb, fell, and ended up with scratches all over my face and a fat lip,” says Nancy Zinter, senior account representative, Communications. “In true Girl Scout fashion, they patched me up without a fuss and the fun continued. I got my outdoor badge that week, but someone else got their first aid badge.”

Beth Voermans is manager, Client Reporting and Financial Technology, Group Insurance, and chair of the alumnae engagement committee for the Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys.