Bismarck-Mandan Quota International, North Dakota, USA
Peggy has been a volunteer most of her life. She started as a Candy Striper at the community hospital when she was in high school. This was not an easy task as she had to drive 17 miles to the local hospital each Saturday and Sunday to volunteer. Being a Candy Striper set the stage for her life long career in the health care field. Peggy has always been a volunteer in the community where she lived. In her early years she volunteered her skills and talents with the hospital auxiliary and the American Legion auxiliary. Her caring attitude provided services to the many needed individuals in the community. Peggy is an active volunteer in her church. She has been a Sunday school teacher, confirmation mentor and new member sponsor. As a Mom she volunteered to be the Brownie/Girl Scout leader when her daughter entered first grade. That was some 19 years ago. Even though her daughter has long since left Girl Scouts, she continues to be a leader for the girls in her small town community. When asked why she does it even though she no longer has a daughter in scouts, she says “If I do not do it, there will be no Girl Scouts”! As a scout leader Peggy tries to involve the girls in activities that they are not normally exposed to. This includes camping, outdoor cooking, and snow skiing to name just a few. She also inspires the girls to be involved in the community. The girls are encouraged to donate at least 10 years each year in various community activities. They make items such as lap blankets, table decorations and place mats for residents of the local assisted living center. The major project the girls are involved in each year is providing food baskets for the needy during the holiday season. This past year they collected items to fill 40 food baskets for a small community of 300 people. Peggy has been a member of the Bismarck-Mandan Quota Club for 4 years. This has involved an extra commitment on her part. She drives 90 miles one way to attend the bi-monthly meetings and any other events hosted by the club. This is just another example of her commitment to volunteer her skills and talents for those who are in need.