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Sandy Brady

Published May 31, 2013
Note: In some instances, volunteer roles and titles may have changed since these stories were first published.

Central Hudson Job Title: Accounting Technician
Volunteer Efforts Include: Volunteer, Girl Scouts & Wappingers Historical Society

When my daughters, now aged 16 and 17, were starting elementary school, I wanted to get them involved in an extracurricular activity; and since I was new to our neighborhood, I wanted to get involved and meet new people. It didn’t take long for me to discover that the right fit for all of us was Girl Scouts of America.

For my daughters, Girl Scouts taught about friendship, nature, leadership and community service. And through the organization we all got to experience new things and learned to appreciate the history of people and places that we might not have, otherwise.

As co-leader of their troop, I also acquired a deeper respect for friendship and nature. I took on additional leadership roles in my Girl Scout service community in Wappingers Falls, as a recruiter, consultant, service unit manager and a delegate to the Girl Scouts of Dutchess County.

My girls – and I do consider my Troop members “my girls” – have celebrated the 90th, 95th and, last year, the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouts. Together we also witnessed an historic moment – when the five counties: Dutchess, Rockland, Orange, Putnam and Westchester – merged to become the Girl Scouts Heart of the Hudson.

This is a bittersweet year for all of us. After 12 years as Girl Scouts, my girls have reached their highest level, so this year will be their last. As they are on the threshold of adulthood, I see that they have become young women of character, courage and confidence, and for that, I am proud.

Life is funny though; as one door closes, another one opens. In learning about our history and community service, the girls and I for the last six years have volunteered our time with the Wappingers Historical Society during their Victorian Tea and Harvest Festivals. Five years ago, I became a member of that organization. I have always enjoyed history and wanted something to be involved in when my time with Girl Scouts was done.

Wappingers Historical Society meets at the Mesier/Brewer Homestead in Wappingers Falls. The building is owned by the village, but the Society is the custodian. The Society was started in the 1960s by a group of village residents and was housed on the second floor. Today the society operates tours of the homestead, hosts book signings, organizes an annual tea party, maintains an educational and enjoyable website (wappingersgistoricalsociety.com), and has recently completed cataloging its book collection. It’s a lofty list, but it’s only a few of the Society’s accomplishments.

At Central Hudson, I’m an Accounting Technician, but for Wappingers Historical Society, I’m a volunteer docent, a past treasurer and a current trustee. As a result, I am always learning something new about my community’s past, while being very much involved in its future.

Sincerely,
Sandy Brady