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LIFESTYLE LETTER

MAY 2019 PUBLISHER

Michelle Moody | Michelle.Moody@LifestylePubs.com EDITOR

Abbey Bradley | Abbey.Bradley@LifestylePubs.com

Leading Ladies of West Chester and Liberty. MAY BRINGS THE END OF THE SCHOOL YEAR, THE OPENING OF POOLS FOR THE SUMMER, MOTHER’S DAY AND OF COURSE—OUR ANNUAL WOMEN’S

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Katie Bray, Alexandra Frost, Laura Leavitt, Tera Michelson CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS

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ISSUE! This issue serves to recognize the powerful role women have in our community and beyond. (And don’t worry, gentlemen; you’ll have your moment next month.) Oprah Winfrey has said, “I’ve come to believe that each of us has a personal calling that’s as unique as a fingerprint—and that the best way to succeed is to discover what you love and then find a way to offer it to others in the form of service, working hard, and also allowing the energy of the universe to lead you.” Right here, living or working in our town, we have thousands of women fulfilling their personal calling. We chose eight influential ladies to spotlight and share their life lessons. Our young girls in the community are also doing amazing things. This month we introduce you to Taylor Small, a Lakota eighth grader who just was just crowned National

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INSIDE THE ISSUE MAY 2019

FEATURES 20 All American Girl Lakota student crowned National American Miss Pre-Teen Queen

24 Life Lessons From Leading Ladies Eight women who are making a difference in West Chester and Liberty Township

38 Serene Southern Escape Head to Montage Palmetto Bluff for a luxurious getaway

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44 Spring Break For Your Skin Three new treatments to refresh your look

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DEPARTMENTS 8

Lifestyle Letter

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Good Times

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Around Town

20 Local Limelight 38 Travel Destination 44 Inspired By 46 Lifestyle Calendar 50 Parting Thoughts


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Shamrock Shuffle Family and friends, decked out in green, gathered to celebrate St. Patrick's Day at the annual Shamrock Shuffle in Union Centre. The Community Foundation of West Chester/Liberty's annual event is a 5K/10K race and community block party, benefiting various local organizations. PHOTOGRAPHY BY CASEY BURNS PHOTOGRAPHY.

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Chamber Annual Celebration The West Chester • Liberty Chamber Alliance held their Annual Celebration on March 29. The Chamber awarded six individuals and organizations for their outstanding leadership, business success, volunteerism and community support. The evening also celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Liberty Way Interchange and the decade of promise and progress that followed. PHOTOS BY ALI WOLFE PHOTOGRAPHY.

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LYONS & LYONS ADDS ATTORNEY West Chester law firm Lyons & Lyons Law

CHAMBER NOW ACCEPTING LEADERSHIP 21 APPLICATIONS

recently announced the addition of a new attorney

Interested in becoming more involved in our

to their firm: Kathleen W. Adams. Kathleen pro-

community? Leadership 21 is a West Chester-

vides personalized legal guidance for individuals

Liberty Chamber Alliance program designed to

and families in transition and handles all aspects

improve the quantity, quality and effectiveness of

of domestic relations and elder law, including

our local leadership. Area leaders are selected to

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the interdependence of each sector, as well as the

tice involves advising clients who are transitioning

mutual understanding and cooperation needed

into retirement that spans both of those states.

among them for our community to grow and thrive.

Kathleen graduated Summa Cum Laude and

This awareness helps the class to design and imple-

With Honors from Florida State University in

ment a community project. From June through

1990. She then attended Florida State University

September, Leadership 21 participants will complete

College of Law, graduating With Honors in Spring

their project and present it at the September gradu-

1993. While in law school, she interned with Justice

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Ben F. Overton at the Florida Supreme Court. Kathleen was admitted to The Florida Bar in 1994, and was admitted to the practice of law in Ohio in

LINDNER CENTER TO HOST COMMUNITY EDUCATION DAY

2015. After practicing law in Southwest Florida for

Make Waves is a half-day workshop about men-

20 years, Kathleen relocated to the Cincinnati area

tal illness and addiction. Lindner Center of HOPE

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EDGE CELEBRATES 10 YEARS AND ADDS LOCATION

day on Sunday, May 5 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Manor House (7440 Mason-Montgomery Road). Attendees will gain enhanced awareness about the

EDGE Teen Center recently celebrated its

facts of mental illness and addiction. Knowledge

tenth anniversary and also announced that it will

helps break down stigma and encourage individu-

soon have a satellite location in West Chester

als and families to seek life-changing help.

(in addition to their current location in Liberty

Keynote speaker Kevin Hines is an award-win-

Township). EDGE@Cornerstone will open in

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August 2019 to serve 9th-12th graders. EDGE will

and suicide prevention and mental health advo-

operate its newest after-school, teen-focused

cate. Two years after he was diagnosed with

program in a space donated by Cornerstone

bipolar disorder, Kevin attempted to take his life by

Church, located within minutes of Lakota West

jumping from the Golden Gate Bridge. He is one of

Freshman Campus, and transportation will be

only 34 (less than 1%) to survive the fall, and he is

offered from that campus. The wing of the church

the only Golden Gate Bridge jump survivor who is

that’s being used for EDGE is already built with

actively spreading the message of living mentally

all the fun factors needed for an effective teen

healthy internationally. Learn from Kevin and more

center, including gaming tables, a café and

on May 5. Reservations are limited and tickets to

music/AV systems. It also has  plenty of private

the event are $10 per person, which includes buf-

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ANIMAL HOSPITAL OF WEST CHESTER BREAKS GROUND FOR EXPANSION

demic success, life skills and community service.

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Congratulations to EDGE on a successful 10 years!

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MASON’S ORCA MARKET NOW OPEN The ORCA Market is a family-friendly, open-air street fair where people can immerse themselves in the Mason community. The event will include live music, local produce and meat, kids’ activities  and a variety of vendors from across Mason and neighboring communities. From May to August, the ORCA Market will be open on the first and third Wednesdays from 3-7 p.m. Located outside of the ORCA Center coworking space (408 4th Avenue, Mason), parking is available at Grace Chapel or on the street. TheOrcaCenter.com

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All American Girl

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Lakota junior high student Taylor Small was recently crowned National American Miss Pre-Teen Queen

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LAKOTA STUDENT CROWNED NATIONAL AMERICAN MISS PRE-TEEN QUEEN

WHEN SOMEONE SAYS PAGEANT, YOU MAY PICTURE SWIMSUIT COMPETITIONS, BALL GOWNS, MAKEUP AND HIGH HEELS. But pageants have received a makeover. Liberty Township native Taylor Small, 13, was just crowned National

American

Miss

Pre-Teen

Queen, a role coveted by young teens across the country. The competition prides itself on authenticity, building positive role models in young girls and women, and honoring the individualism of the true “American girl.” Taylor shined in all of these aspects as she made her third attempt to move from the Miss Ohio Pre-teen title to National

American

Miss

Pre-Teen

Queen, beating out 144 finalists from Ohio and nearly 40 representatives from around the country. Taylor’s mother, Diana Small, remembers having hesitations when they first received a letter asking Taylor to attend an open call for the competition back in 2015. “We weren’t sure about pageants,” Diana says, “but Taylor wanted to be an

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"(It's about] carrying yourself

gracefully and confidently. It’s

definitely more than

wearing a pretty gown.”

National American Miss organization, including public speaking, interviewing and carrying herself with poise. Taylor defines poise, which the contestants demonstrate during the escorted formal wear competition (contestants walk with a male role model such as a father) as “carrying yourself gracefully and confidently.” Her mother adds, “It’s definitely more than wearing a pretty gown.” Taylor has especially demonstrated her abilities in public speaking, as she had to learn to speak to over 300 people in the crowd, which helped her overcome fear and speak at her sixth grade graduation. In addition to her speaking skills, Diana explains that Taylor has become a well-rounded person, donating her time and energy to community service; she has worked at Ronald McDonald House, Matthew 25 Ministries and United Way. She and her “sister queens” recently spent time together at an event, followed by serving at a homeless shelter together.

Lakota junior high student Taylor Small stands with 2018 Miss America Cara Mund (left) and 2017 Miss USA Kara McCullough (right).

The focus on the well-rounded individual has allowed Taylor to encourage positive self-esteem and natural beauty, which she says are goals of National American Miss. “A lot of girls my age struggle with self-confidence and self-esteem, and [the organization has] helped me and other girls with that,” Taylor says. One of the examples of the emphasis on natural beauty is that girls in her age group are not allowed to compete wearing makeup, a rule that some traditional pageant followers may find surprising. In addition to recognition from teachers and friends at school, Taylor has received numerous prizes, such as a monetary award, a professional photo shoot in Houston, and gifts from sponsors such as shoes, formal dresses and luggage. She says she’s “not much of a spender” and will be saving that money. While Taylor continues her reign as National Pre-Teen Queen for now, she hopes to eventually go to college to learn to be an entrepreneur, with the goal of eventually running a bakery. Her variety of talents truly make her the all-American girl in every sense of the word. May 2019 | West Chester & Liberty Lifestyle

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EIGHT WOMEN WHO ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN WEST CHESTER AND LIBERTY TOWNSHIP ARTICLE KATIE BRAY & LAURA LEAVITT PHOTOGRAPHY LEN KALTMAN-WEST CHESTER CORPORATE PHOTOGRAPHY

Becky Wilber OCCUPATION: President and owner of Cincinnati Taco Investments (CTI) Restaurants and President of the Union Centre Boulevard Merchant Association (UCBMA)

AS THE OWNER OF CTI RESTAURANTS, YOU OWN MANY LOCAL TACO BELLS AND AN UNO PIZZERIA. TELL US ABOUT YOUR ROLE. Transitioning from corporate restaurant management to having my own business was the hardest thing I’ve ever done. Had I stayed in the corporate world, I would have a more normal 9-to-5 life, but this is 24/7. You have to have that commitment, or you won’t be successful. YOU AND YOUR HUSBAND WERE RECENTLY GIVEN THE 2018 PATRICIA F. ALDERSON PHILANTHROPIST OF THE YEAR AWARD BY THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF WEST CHESTER/LIBERTY. HOW HAVE YOU IMPACTED THE COMMUNITY? I’m most proud of what we give back to the community in service and support. We have supported over 150 local organizations. These organizations have included the Boys and Girls Club of West Chester/Liberty, Lakota Schools, the Boy Scouts of America, The Heroes’ Fund, The Angel Fund, Give Hope, Companions on a Journey, and numerous community events. AS A “LEADING LADY” IN THE COMMUNITY, WHAT’S SOMETHING YOU’VE LEARNED ON YOUR JOURNEY?  The ability I have to make a difference in people’s lives. This applies to my family, our community and those I am blessed to have in our company. WHO IS SOMEONE WHO HAS INSPIRED YOU AND WHY?  My mother. She always helped others, believed in me, pushed hard, and continually did and expected perfection in everything I did. WHAT IS YOUR ADVICE TO OUR READERS? Believe in God, others and yourself. Anything is possible! 24

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Angie Brown OCCUPATION: Educational Consultant for Lakota Outreach, Diversity and Inclusion (LODI)

WHAT DO YOU DO IN YOUR ROLE AT LAKOTA? My role consists, among many things, of parent engagement, community outreach and diversity and inclusion. In that role, I’m able to meet the needs of the students, parents, community and the Lakota staff. WHAT INSPIRES YOU TO GIVE BACK TO OUR COMMUNITY? Every day is my inspiration to give back; every day is a chance to start over, count my blessings and give myself away. I could never walk around full and know I’ve hidden my gifts. My husband and I were involved in a near fatal car accident in 2011, and I spent six months in the hospital and rehab. I believe that’s one of the reasons I’m inspired to give. I’m now earning my Ph.D. in educational leadership to give the gift of education to students, parents and community. TELL ME A BIT ABOUT YOUR FAMILY. I have been married for over 35 years to the man of my dreams. We have three wonderful young adults. My daughters are both Ph.D.’s, and my son is a mechanical engineer. I also have a son-in-law, a soon-to-be daughter-in-law, and a wonderful grand-pup, Harley. IF YOU COULD GO ANYWHERE, WHERE WOULD YOU GO? Next year, I want to drive Route 66. I want my husband to rent me a big old Cadillac with Aretha Franklin blasting. Sunglasses and a beautiful scarf on! WHAT IS A LIFE LESSON YOU HAVE LEARNED? When a person is going through something, ALWAYS allow them to walk away from you with their dignity. If there is a misunderstanding, clear it up as soon as possible. Relationships are the key to a great life. CONTINUED >

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Patti Alderson

OCCUPATION: CEO of the Boys & Girls Club of West Chester/Liberty, Former President and CEO of the Community Foundation of West Chester/Liberty, Philanthropist

IN ADDITION TO YOUR WORK AT THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION, YOU HAVE PLAYED A SIGNIFICANT ROLE IN STARTING THE BOYS & GIRLS CLUB OF WEST CHESTER/ LIBERTY. HOW DID THAT COME ABOUT? It was through my work at the Community Foundation of West Chester/Liberty that I realized the need for a Boys & Girls Club for the youth in our community. I formed a steering committee and shortly thereafter we received a $750,000 grant from Attorney General Mike DeWine’s Mortgage Settlement Grant. We were able to start the Club in a leased building on Smith Road. However, the grant required us to have our own facility so we began fundraising $6.8 million to build the current stateof-the-art facility on Cincinnati-Dayton Road. I was thrilled when we opened the doors on January 4, 2017, thanks to the generous financial support of our community and beyond. The Club provides a safe place for children after school and in the summer. WHO INSPIRES YOU? The staff at the Boys & Girls Club. They are so passionate about the kids. Everything they do has the Club kids in mind.  It is the little things, the everyday things, that make the difference.  It’s a joyful place to work.  WHAT IS A LIFE LESSON YOU HAVE LEARNED? One quote that I kind of live by is, “Sometimes you just take the leap and build your wings on the way down.” If I get an idea, I just do it and jump in. Don’t wait. Decide you’re going to do it, and you know what? Things will come to you as you’re going through it and building it.

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Shakila Ahmad OCCUPATION: Former Chair and President of the Board of the Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati (ICGC), Business leader

YOU’VE BEEN HEAVILY INVOLVED IN THE COMMUNITY FOR THE PAST 20 YEARS. WHAT WERE SOME OF YOUR OTHER ROLES? I was the Founding Chair of ICGC’s Tour and Muslim Mothers Against Violence initiative, Board Chair of BRIDGES for a Just Community and a national Muslim Jewish Advisory council member. WHO HAS INSPIRED YOU TO BE SO ACTIVE IN THE COMMUNITY? The one person, who is a historical figure, is a woman named Khadija, and she was a business woman 1,400 years ago. She was a civic leader.  And to me, I think she epitomizes that there’s nothing that really should limit me from being the leader in an organization or in a business or contributing to society in a very active way. WERE THERE ANY CHALLENGES FOR YOU AS A FEMALE LEADER WITHIN YOUR ORGANIZATION? Nothing worth doing is worth doing unless there are challenges and obstacles. I think people do want to superimpose limitations on you that don’t belong there. As far as we know I was the first woman chair of the board and president for an Islamic center in the country, especially of this size. So, I think there were a lot of preconceived notions of limitations. But once people began to work with me, I really feel I was very blessed to be able to have this opportunity. WHAT IS YOUR ADVICE TO OUR READERS? Don’t put limitations on yourself. Sometimes, we as women impose limitations on ourselves. We expect and want other people to ask us to do things, when if we look within, we have the capability and we should just go for it. Go for what it is that will ignite passion in you and that will contribute to the kind of world that you will want to leave behind.

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Katey Kruback and Lauren Maier

OCCUPATION: Seniors at Lakota East High School, Co-Editors of Spark Magazine

WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED SO FAR FROM MANAGING THE MAGAZINE? Lauren: It teaches me how to manage time, extracurriculars and my life in general. It’s like having a job, so it’s taught me a lot of life lessons. Katey: I’ve learned a lot about people. Going in, I very much thought I knew what I was getting into, but I did not anticipate the people management part of the job…I’m not social by nature and having to manage people has been a real learning curve. WHO INSPIRES YOU? Lauren: The people around me. My staff members inspire me along with Mr. Hume [our advisor]. They help me to push myself and improve upon what I already know. Katey: I’m going to be really cheesy about this and say my advisor, Mr. Hume. I don’t know how he has managed to be in the position that he’s in and get the wonderful things out of kids that he does. I wish I had that skill, and it’s something I’ve had to learn to pick up as much as possible. WHAT IS A LIFE LESSON YOU’VE LEARNED? Lauren: Just be in the moment. Observe everything around you. It’s really awesome to see all the small things going on around you. Katey: One night we were working really late at my house during deadline and we wanted to pull our hair out and the computer crashed at least 50 times. So, our business manager said, “We have to take a break. Let’s make cookies.” We ended up finishing the paper and were really proud of it. So, my advice is to keep going and find the fun in everything. WHAT’S NEXT FOR YOU? Lauren: I’m going to the University of Dayton, studying biology on a pre-med track. Katey: I’m going to Ohio University next year and the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism as of now.

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Amitoj Kaur OCCUPATION: Senior at Lakota West High School, National Vice President of Membership for FCCLA

TELL ME ABOUT FAMILY, CAREER AND COMMUNITY LEADERS OF AMERICA (FCCLA). FCCLA is a career-tech, student-led organization that helps students prepare for their future. FCCLA focuses on family, leadership and other skills, including job interview skills, how to budget, exploring career paths and more. These are real-world skills that aren’t taught in a traditional classroom. Before freshman year,

lot of competition, but I was the first person from Ohio to be elected

I thought I’d be a therapist, but my advocacy project in FCCLA

in the past 15 years, and I am the first Sikh to gain national office in

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a career-technical student organization.

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WHO IS SOMEONE WHO HAS INSPIRED YOU?

I began FCCLA a little over three years ago when I did an advo-

Ann Roberts, my FCCLA advisor. She believes in me and pushes

cacy project for FCCLA’s state conference; I was hooked! I saw

me. She inspired me to run for national office and encouraged me

the state officers got to wear gorgeous red blazers and seemed so

every step of the way.

confident and distinguished. I knew this was where I wanted my future to be. I ran for state office, becoming the Ohio VP of Member

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Outreach. My advisor and my principal supported the idea of run-

My big life lesson has been that it doesn’t matter what your qual-

ning for National FCCLA office, even though no one from Lakota

ifications are. It doesn’t matter who you are or who you know. What

West had done it before. The journey to national office included a

matters is your passion and your heart for what you are doing. CONTINUED >

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Guests are invited to relax and enjoy a slow, southern pace while at Montage Palmetto Bluff. Bicycles are available for rent and are the preferred method of transportation. An afternoon walk on paths shaded with moss-draped live oak trees and lined with gas lamps will take you past multiple bocce and croquet courts available for families. Kayaks are also provided free of charge so guests can explore the waterways. The spa offers both couple and individual services including the signature Carolina Kur Experience, which incorporates a healing and detoxifying body mud masque with an exfoliating treatment and therapeutic mineral-soak. All guests are invited to enjoy complimentary use of the separate men’s and ladies’ spa facilities which include saunas, steam rooms, hot tubs, plunge pools and relaxation rooms. There are also two heated adult-only pools and hot tubs on property and one family pool area. Every day at 3:30 p.m. guests are invited to “porch” at The Inn, which involves sitting on one of the many patios while enjoying complimentary lemonade, sweet tea and treats. Each evening, guests can enjoy fire pits and complimentary gourmet s’mores featuring marshmallows in unique flavors like caramel, chocolate chip and lemon. Golfers will love the 18-hole Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course. This picturesque course was built with conservancy at its core to protect and preserve the natural elements at The Bluff. For tennis enthusiasts, the resort offers eight HarTru courts and complimentary use of their equipment. Horseback riding and sporting clays-shooting are also available on property. Montage Palmetto Bluff is a perfect spot for both couples and families. Most activities available are kidfriendly, including a daily meet-and-greet with the resort’s canine ambassadors, three local Labrador Retrievers. Children will enjoy playing in one of the two tree houses on property and can even take a short ride on a zip line. The resort offers Paintbox, a day-camp program where children can participate in a variety of unique experiences on the property. Weekend evenings also offer programming for children to have their own “night out.” If you’re looking for a truly unique upscale resort where you can unwind, slow your pace and reconnect with family and nature, you’ll want to include a stay at Montage Palmetto Bluff in your next trip south. MontageHotels.com/PalmettoBluff

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Community Blood Drives are held on the fourth Wednesday of every month

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PARTING THOUGHTS

WE SALUTE THE FIRST FEMALE SCOUTS IN WEST CHESTER

T r a il b laz in g Tr oop 1974

ARTICLE AND PHOTOGRAPHY TERA MICHELSON

CHATTER FILLS THE ROOM AS TROOP 1974 PLANS A CAMPOUT.

“There continue to be more and more women in leadership,” says

Like any other troop in town, they proudly wear their khaki-colored

Assistant Scoutmaster Cat Saddler. “What better way to nurture strong

uniforms tucked and tied with kerchiefs and solemnly hold up three

leadership and give that to the rest of the world than through scouting?”

fingers to recite the oath. You have to look a little closer to see what’s so special about this small group of scouts—they’re girls. Troop 1974 is the first girl troop in West Chester. Last February, when girls ages 11-17 were welcomed into the Scouts BSA program for the first time, Scoutmaster, Eagle Scout

The girls of Troop 1974 are eager to lead, earn badges and have fun with their peers. They don’t consider their gender to be a big deal. “There are 140 possible badges: we can learn to swim, hike, emergency preparedness…I know I’m a girl, but I can do anything boys can do,” says scout Sydny Schmidt.

and West Chester father Ron Bacu didn’t hesitate to form Troop 1974.

“Scouts is not something that needs to be divided,” says Senior

“It’s the same great program whether it is boys or girls—the

Patrol Leader Delaney Metzger. “It allows exposure to all sorts of

same goals, same mission,” Ron says. “My son Christopher went through the entire Cub Scout program and is now in the Scout program. When I had the opportunity to give the same experience to my daughter, Rebecca, we got her signed up.” 50

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experiences for both boys and girls.” “Scouts allows us to be what we are and who we really want to be,” scout Mia Radtke adds. “It’s fun.” We salute you, Troop 1974. Carry on. BeaScout.org


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