We are deeply saddened to learn that long-time Girl Scout volunteer, Wendi Winters, was among those killed in the tragic shooting at the Capital Gazette building in Annapolis.
Wendi was a member of Girl Scouts of Central Maryland for over 10 years. During her tenure as a Girl Scout volunteer, she served in many roles. She served as a Troop Leader and First Aider. She also served her Service Unit as a cookie team volunteer, supporting all the Girl Scouts in her community. After she left troop leadership, she continued to support the Girl Scout community by featuring girls that have earned the Bronze, Silver and Gold awards in the Capital Gazzette's “teen of the week” articles. She also wrote articles aout Girl Scouts that served in the greater Annapolis community.
To honor her commitment to Girl Scouts and GSCM, she has been given the Black Eyed Susan award posthumously. This award recognizes outstanding service in delivering the Girl Scout Leadership Experience to girls and assisting GSCM to surpass its mission-delivery goals in a given geographic area.
We understand it can be difficult to share this news with your families and especially younger Girl Scouts. Click here to read GSUSA's blog post that offers some advice o how to talk to children about tragedies like this.
Our hearts go out to Wendi’s family, friends and colleagues.